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Lancaster Woman Scheduled to Be Executed Tomorrow For 1997 Murder

Barring a last-minute legal Hail Mary, Kimberly McCarthy will be executed tomorrow in Huntsville for the 1997 murder of a 70-year-old woman in Lancaster. She will be only the fourth woman executed in Texas in the modern era. The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles unanimously refused a clemency request last week, after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the case earlier in the month. Attorneys for McCarthy had sought a 120-day reprieve, and that her death sentence be changed to life in prison.

The folks at the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty are continuing to fight for McCarthy, since:

Troubling questions surround the jury selection process in her trial — of the 12 jurors selected, all but one were white.  According to McCarthy’s clemency petition, the state struck three non-white prospective jurors (21% of its total strikes). Of the 64 people questioned on individual voir dire, only 4 were not white. Of these individuals, only 3 were African American. None of these figures reflect the racial demographics of Dallas County.

The last Texas woman to be executed was Frances Newton, in 2005. McCarthy is currently one of 10 women on death row in Texas.