On Wednesday, Texas touched a landmark in criminal justice by executing the death sentence of its 500th inmate, Kimberly McCarthy. The state resumed capital punishment in 1982.
McCarthy received the punishment for murdering her 72-year-old neighbor in 1997. It was also the country’s first execution of a woman in nearly three years.
The 52-year-old McCarthy received capital punishment after being proved to be guilty of looting, assaulting, and stabbing her neighbor Dorothy Booth, a retired college psychology professor.
McCarthy went to Booth’s house on the pretext of asking for a cup of sugar. She attacked the old retired professor with a butcher knife and candelabra and killed her. She even severed the old lady’s finger to take off her wedding ring.
It was one of the three murder incidents that were linked to McCarthy. She was a former therapist at a nursing home but later became an addicted to crack cocaine.
McCarthy died 20 minutes after administering a lethal dose of pentobarbital on her.