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January 25, 2013

Former local resident facing death penalty

GREENVILLE — A former local resident is facing the death penalty next week, after being convicted of the brutal 1997 murder and robbery of a Dallas County woman.

Kimberly Lagayle McCarthy, 51, is set to die Tuesday. McCarthy was born in Greenville in 1961, but was living in Dallas County at the time of the murder. McCarthy was twice convicted of the July 1997 murder of Dorothy Booth, 70.

McCarthy’s original 1998 conviction on a charge of capital murder was overturned on appeal. McCarthy was convicted of capital murder again in October 2002.

According to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, McCarthy had worked as an occupational therapist, waitress, home health care worker and laborer and had previously been convicted and sentenced to prison on a charge of forgery, but was released on parole in December 1991.

 McCarthy was convicted of entering Booth’s Lancaster residence on July 21, 1997 with the intent to rob the victim. A struggle took place and Booth was stabbed numerous times, resulting in her death. McCarthy then used Booth’s credit cards, as well as Booth’s vehicle for transportation.

McCarthy is believed to be among the first Hunt County natives to face the death penalty.

Former South Dakota residents Billy John Galloway and Kevin Scott Varga were executed in 2010 in connection with the 1998 murder in Greenville of Maj. David Lawrence Logie.

Adam Kelly Ward was convicted in 2007 of capital murder and is currently facing the death penalty in connection with the 2005 death of Commerce Code Enforcement Officer Michael “Pee Wee” Walker. Ward does not currently have an execution date scheduled.

There are six murder cases pending in Hunt County, including five capital murder charges. At least three of the indicted capital murder cases could carry the death penalty upon the conviction of the defendants charged.

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