Texas has been responsible for more executions than any other state. On June 26, Texas is scheduled to put Kimberly McCarthy to death for the murder of her neighbor, Dorothy Booth, who was a retired college professor. McCarthy at the time was a crack addict, having stabbed the 71-year-old to death during a robbery.
Booth had agreed to give McCarthy a cup of sugar before she was attacked with a butcher knife at her home in Lancaster, TX. Authorities say McCarthy cut off Booth’s finger to remove her wedding ring. Prosecutors showed that McCarthy stole Booth’s Mercedes and drove to Dallas, pawned the wedding ring she had removed from the woman’s severed finger for $200 and then went to a crack house to buy cocaine. Evidence also showed she used Booth’s credit cards at a liquor store. McCarthy denied having anything to do with the crimes and blamed them on two drug dealers.
Police also linked two other slayings to McCarthy. Blood DNA evidence also tied McCarthy to the December 1988 slayings of 81-year-old Maggie Harding and 85-year-old Jettie Lucas. Harding was stabbed and beaten with a meat tenderizer, while Lucas was beaten with both sides of a claw hammer and stabbed.
Although, Texas is the leader in the U.S. for executions, the 52-year-old also would be the first woman executed in the U.S. since 2010. McCarthy would be the 13th woman nationwide and the fourth in Texas put to death since 1976.