Kimberly McCarthy was executed by the State of Texas for a robbery turned murder
McCarthy started her working life as an occupational therapist in a nursing home but a crack addiction would spin her life out of control
Kimberly was arrested several times for charges ranging from fraud to prostitution to theft of services
On the night of the murder McCarthy called her elderly neighbour saying she was on her way over to borrow some sure however prosecutors say the intent was to rob the woman. Once inside of the home Kimberly would stab the woman repeatedly causing her death. McCarthy would chop off one of the woman’s fingers in order to steal her diamond ring. Kimberly would also steal the woman’s purse and a number of valuables before fleeing.
Kimberly would be arrested the next day and police would find the deceased victims ID on her and that she had used the victims credit card at a liquor store. More testing would reveal the victims DNA on the knife which was found in McCarthy home. Kimberly told police she was framed and kept with this story until her execution
Prosecutors also linked McCarthy DNA to two other unsolved murders of elderly females. McCarthy would be convicted and sentenced to death.
On June 26, 2013 Kimberly McCarthy would be executed by lethal injection. Her execution would be the 500th execution since the reestablishment of the death penalty in Texas.
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Kimberly McCarthy entered the home of her 71-year-old neighbor, Dorothy Booth, under the pretense of borrowing some sugar and then stabbed Mrs. Booth five times, hit her in the face with a candelabrum, cut off her left ring finger in order to take her diamond ring, and nearly severed her left little finger as well. McCarthy then took Mrs. Booth’s purse and its contents, along with her wedding ring and fled in her car. Later, McCarthy bought drugs with the stolen money, used the stolen credit cards at a liquor store, and pawned the stolen wedding ring. Booth’s DNA was found on a 10-inch butcher knife recovered from McCarthy’s home. McCarthy blamed the crime on two drug dealers, but there was no evidence either existed.
At the penalty phase of trial, the state presented evidence that McCarthy had murdered two other elderly women in 1988. Maggie Harding, 82, was a longtime friend of McCarthy’s mother. She helped organize McCarthy’s wedding and had let her store some furniture at her house. The second was Jettie Lucas, an 85-year-old distant relative. Both women were killed in their homes and both suffered stab wounds and multiple blunt force injuries. A claw hammer was used on Lucas, while Harding was bludgeoned with a metal meat tenderizer. Both of their purses and credit cards were stolen.
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