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Texas Set for Record 500th Execution Tonight

Texas Set for Record 500th Execution Tonight
Posted Wednesday, June 26th 2013 @ 2pm  by Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff

(NEWSER– Kimberly McCarthy is due to be executed in Texas today, and if all goes according to plan, she'll be the state's 500th inmate put to death. The Lone Star State has been responsible for almost 40% of the 1,300-plus executions in the US since 1976, the AP reports, and McCarthy will be the first woman put to death since 2010. McCarthy, 52, was linked to three murders, and was convicted of killing retired professor Dorothy Booth in 1997. McCarthy, who claimed two drug dealers committed the crime, argued during appeals that black jurors were improperly kept off the jury (all but one of the jurors was white; McCarthy is black, and Booth was white).

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