Jan 29 2013, 3:08pm CST | by Jeffrey B. Roth
HUNTSVILLE, Texas – Five hours before a Texas woman was to be executed, State District Judge Larry Mitchell issued a stay.
Kimberly McCarthy, 51, was convicted of the 1997 slaying of her neighbor. If the stay had not been granted, she would have been the first woman to be executed, within the U.S., since 2010. April 3 is the date now set for execution.
Attorneys for McCarthy argue that the jury who tried her were improperly selected based on race. Only one African American was chosen to sit on the 12-member panel.
Dallas County prosecutors have indicated they do not intend to appeal the court's stay of execution.
Jeffrey B. Roth
A multi-award winning writer, Jeffrey B. Roth is a well-known investigative reporter, who covers crime, law, politics, sciences, business, medicine, education, history and a wide range of other topics. In 2010, Roth won first place for a new series in the Keystone Press Awards, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association. A published short story writer and poet, Roth is listed in the Locus Index of Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors. Currently, Roth writes for CBS Philadelphia, CBS Baltimore, the Philadelphia Examiner and regional publications, including Carroll Magazine, Carroll Business Quarterly and Hagerstown Magazine to name a few. In the past, Roth, a former crisis intervention counselor and teacher, has written for numerous Pennsylvania newspapers, state and national magazines and the Associated Press. He lives in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, west of Gettysburg, Pa.
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