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First woman in two years set to be executed

  • Kimberly McCarthy is scheduled to die by lethal injection
  • She was convicted of killing her 71-year-old neighbor
  • Only 2% of the death row population is female
First woman in two years set to be executed

Kimberly McCarthy is set to become the first woman executed in the United States since 2010.

The Texas woman was convicted of murdering her neighbor, 71-year-old Dorothy Booth, in 1997. According to HLN affiliate KHOU, McCarthy asked to borrow a cup of sugar from Booth, then beat her with a candelabra and cut off her finger to steal her wedding ring.

Police also linked McCarthy to two other cases where women were stabbed and robbed.

Only 12 other women have met similar fates since the ban on capital punishment was lifted by the Supreme Court in 1976. They were all convicted of murder, and in most cases, had a personal connection to the victims: husbands shot, children poisoned or neighbors killed.

Two of the women were serial killers, convicted of multiple murders. Ten of them died by lethal injection, while two died by electrocution.

McCarthy is scheduled to die by lethal injection on April 3, 2013 at the Texas State Penitentiary in Huntsville. A Dallas court ordered to delay the execution, which was originally scheduled for January 29, 2013.

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