Texas is known for having a no nonsense approach to their inmates on death row. They ensure that those convicted and placed on death row are indeed dealt their punishment without a lengthy ride on death row.
Kimberly McCarthy, 52, was executed by a lethal injection of pentobarbital, Wednesday, June 26, and pronounced dead at 6:37 pm. She was on death row for the brutal 1997 murder and robbery of her 71-year-old neighbor, retired professor Dorothy Booth. We reported in January that she had received a reprieve from death at that time because, according to her attorney, a predominantly white jury was “improperly selected on the basis of race.” Out of 12 jury members, 11 of them were white.
But no one really cared that she was the 500th member of the infamous group of death row inmates to die in Texas yesterday. Her daughter Donna Aldred, read a statement to reporters, saying that her mother “was an incredible person who was taken before her time.”
The family members who lost their loved one at McCarthy’s hands said:
Five-hundred is “just a number. It doesn’t really mean very much,” said Randall Browning, who was Booth’s godson. “‘We’re just thinking about the justice that was promised to us by the state of Texas.”
But many proponents working to kill the death penalty want to see it end as botched investigations and wrongful convictions continue to roll in. According to the Huffington Post, approximately 40 protesters gathered, carrying signs saying,
“Death Penalty: Racist and Anti-Poor,” “Stop All Executions Now” and “Stop Killing to Stop Killings.” As the hour for the execution approached, protesters began chanting and sang the old Negro spiritual “Wade in the Water.”
McCarthy is one of only 13 women executed in the U.S. and the fourth to be executed in Texas. They don’t play down there! What do you think about the death penalty? Should states end the practice or get it done faster?
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