Texas has executed its 500th inmate since the state resumed carrying out capital punishment in 1982. Kimberly McCarthy received lethal injection Wednesday evening for the 1997 slaying of her 71-year-old neighbor near Dallas. The neighbor, retired college professor Dorothy Booth was in her Lancaster, Texas home when she she was robbed and killed. McCarthy is also the suspect in the murders of two other elderly persons but was never tried.
McCarthy, 52, was condemned for using a butcher knife and candelabra to beat and fatally stabbed Booth.
Evidence showed the former nursing home therapist used the knife to sever Booth’s finger to steal her wedding ring.
She was pronounced dead at 6:37 p.m. CDT, 20 minutes after Texas prison officials began administering a single lethal dose of pentobarbital.
In her final statement, McCarthy did not mention her status as the 500th inmate to be executed or acknowledge Booth or her family.
"This is not a loss. This is a win. You know where I’m going. I’m going home to Jesus. I love you all," she said, while looking toward her witnesses, who included her ex-husband, her attorney and her spiritual adviser.
As the drug started to take effect, McCarthy said, "God is great," before closing her eyes. She took hard, raspy, loud breaths for several seconds before becoming quiet. Then, her chest moved up and down for another minute before she stopped breathing.