Kimberly Lagayle McCarthy, on June 26, 2014, became the 500th individual to be executed by the state of Texas. Kimberly was pronounced dead at 6:37 pm CDT, inside the Walls Unit execution chamber at the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. Kimberly was 52 years of age. She was executed for stabbing to death her neighbor, 71-year-old Dorothy Booth in order to rob her Texas home for drug money on July 21, 1997. Kimberly was also suspected of the 1988 murder of two elderly women, 82-year-old Maggie Harding who was a friend of Kimberly’s mother, and 85-year-old Jettie Lucas who was a distant relative. All three were murdered in a similar manner.
Kimberly graduated from high school and went on to work as an occupational therapist, waitress, home health care provider, and a laborer before she was arrested. She had previously been arrested for forgery, theft of services, and prostitution. While in prison awaiting trial, Kimberly assaulted, threatened, and took advantage of other inmates in addition to violating a number of prison rules.
Please pray for peace and healing for the families of Dorothy Booth, Maggie Harding and Jettie Lucas. Please pray for the family of Kimberly. In Kimberly’s final statement she said that she was “going to be home with Jesus.”