Please keep in mind that this blog often has comments and statements directly from the women on death row. Statements of grief, statements of innocence, statements of regret and sorrow. If bearing audience to these women's feelings, my opinions or those of commenters offends you please do not read on.

Kimberly McCarthy Execution Date Set

Kimberly McCarthy is 51. She has been on death row since her 1998 murder conviction of her 71 year old neighbor, Dorthy Booth. She is scheduled to be murdered herself on January 29, 2013.

I do know Kimberly and have written to her since 2005. We have talked about her conviction and the circumstances that surround it.

The state says that on July 21, 1997, McCarthy entered the residence of Dr. Dorothy Booth, 70, in Lancaster with the intent to rob her. A struggle took place and Booth was stabbed numerous times resulting in her death. McCarthy was found with Booth's credit cards and her car.

A statement taken by a Dallas police detective violated her constitutional rights and her death penalty conviction was overturned by the state's highest criminal court.

She was retried and resentenced to death. Her most recent appeal beginning in 2002 was denied this year.
In the several years I have known her we have talked about a lot. She is close friends with Darlie Routier, she worries over young Chelsea Richardson and of course her life in prison is far different than it was when she was on the street living as an occupational therapist with a Bachelors degree.

She has spoken of her first marriage to a leader of the Black Panthers and her decent into drugs. She said despite his status as a leader of an organization known for all over the world, he was a mama’s boy and she grew bored.

Once he left the security of the marriage her life went downhill and she became an addict. It was then she met the drug dealers who committed the crimes she is being killed for.

Not only was Kimberly miles away from the crime scene she had no idea they were going to commit it.
The ‘evidence” they have was planted at her home by the two fellas who knew she was gone. Police came and found her with the knives and credit cards in her possession and that’s all they needed. While she certainly knew the car and credit cards were stolen she had no idea that a murder had been committed.

No one has ever even considered the fact that she was telling the truth. Admittedly it looks bad but can we really kill her because it looks bad? There is a real and genuine chance this woman is telling the truth.
If she is executed she will be the first woman killed by the state in Texas in seven years.

Amnesty International needs to hear from those of us who do not believe in killing each other. Please write to them and let them know they need to be helping Kimmie before they kill her and years later evidence is unearthed in her favor.

Amnesty International USA
5 Penn Plaza
New York, NY 10001
phone: (212) 807-8400
fax: (212) 627-1451

Southern Office
730 Peachtree Street NE
Suite 1060
Atlanta, GA 30308
phone: (404) 876-5661
fax: (404) 876-2276