— HUNTSVILLE. Texas —
A 51-year-old woman was scheduled to be executed by lethal injection Tuesday night at the state prison in Huntsville, marking the first time in seven years that a female has been put to death in Texas.
Kimberly McCarthy was convicted in the 1997 robbery, beating and fatal stabbing of retired college psychology professor Dorothy Booth. Investigators say Booth had agreed to give McCarthy a cup of sugar before she was attacked with a butcher knife at her home in Lancaster, about 15 miles south of Dallas.
McCarthy will be the 13th woman executed in the U.S. and the fourth in Texas, the nation's busiest death penalty state, since the Supreme Court allowed capital punishment to resume in 1976. In that same time period, more than 1,300 male inmates have been executed nationwide.
In a final legal effort to spare her life, McCarthy's lawyers asked Gov. Rick Perry on Monday to use his executive authority to issue a 30-day reprieve.
The U.S. Supreme Court earlier this month refused to review her case and the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles turned down a clemency request Friday.
Her lead attorney, Doug Parks, said drug use was McCarthy's downfall.
"I think when she's off dope she's probably a pretty good person," he told the Associated Press. "I believe now, as I did then, that in the penitentiary, Kim would be absolutely no danger to anyone."
McCarthy declined to speak with reporters as her execution date neared.
Evidence showed that McCarthy called Booth to borrow a cup of sugar. When she came to pick it up, McCarthy attacked Booth, including forcing the woman's hand to a chopping block so she could cut off her finger to remove her wedding ring.
Blood DNA evidence also linked McCarthy to two other murders, but she was never tried in those cases.
McCarthy was listed among 10 women on death row in Texas.
Details for this story were provided by The Huntsville (Texas) Item and the Associated Press