Texas woman gets execution reprieve

A Texas woman scheduled for execution later today has been given a reprieve. A state district judge issued the stay which expires April 3.

Jan 29 2013, 3:08pm CST | by

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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.

Via the Associated Press on USA Today.


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