Contacting Governor Perry
- Information and Referral Hotline [for Texas callers] :
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Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement, January 23:
Kimberly McCarthy, who had worked in the healthcare field taking care of people, became addicted to crack cocaine in the 1990’s. This eventually led to her participation in a terrible crime, the murder of her neighbor, retired college professor Dorothy Booth, during a robbery at the victim’s home in Lancaster, about 15 miles south of Dallas.
According to the National Institute of Health, substance abuse problems are rooted in a diagnosable brain disease known as addiction. By altering the chemistry of the brain, drug addiction leads to compulsive cravings and limits the ability of an individual to make voluntary decisions.
Texas executions cost three or four times as much as life in prison.
Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, January 28:
Her original conviction was reversed on the basis of the erroneous admission of a statement she made upon arrest. McCarthy was again convicted and sentenced to death in 2002 after a trial in which the guilt phase lasted only one day.
Troubling questions surround the jury selection process in her trial – of the 12 jurors selected, all but one were white. According to McCarthy’s attorneys, the state struck three non-white prospective jurors (21% of its total strikes). Of the 64 people questioned on individual voir dire, only 4 were not white. Of these individuals, only 3 were African American. None of these figures reflect the racial demographics of Dallas County.
Associated Press, June 19:
The lawyer for a Dallas County woman set to die next week is appealing to block the woman’s execution, which would be the 500th in Texas since the state resumed carrying out the death penalty in 1982.
The total is far more than any other state.
Kimberly McCarthy, 52, also would be the first woman put to death in the U.S. since 2010 if she receives lethal injection June 26 in Huntsville.
McCarthy’s appeal, filed Tuesday to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, contends black jurors improperly were excluded from her trial by Dallas County prosecutors and her lawyers should have challenged the exclusions both at the trial and in early appeals. McCarthy is black; her victim white. Of the 12 jurors at her trial, one was not white.
[this is a re-post]