Texas Temporarily Halts Execution of Kimberly McCarthy

A Solitary Torture

The Raw Story– “The execution of a 51-year-old black woman in Texas has been temporarily stayed to allow lawmakers time to debate legislation on how juries are selected in the US state, officials said.

Kimberly McCarthy had been scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection on Wednesday following her conviction for the brutal 1997 murder and robbery of a 71-year-old neighbor.

McCarthy’s execution had already been stayed once in January.

She won an additional reprieve until June 26 after Dallas County prosecutors sought to allow time for various bills to be debated.

“When I sign a death warrant in Dallas County, I want the public to trust that the inmate who was sentenced to death by a jury received a fair trial,” Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins said in a statement.

“The proposed legislation being reviewed at the Texas capitol can impact that.”

McCarthy was sentenced…

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