January 16, 2013

 

The execution of Kimberly Lagayle McCarthy is scheduled to occur at 6 pm CST, on January 29, 2013, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas.Fifty-one-year-old Kimberly is convicted of murdering 71-year-old retired El CentroCollege psychology professor, Dorothy Booth, on July 21, 1997, in Lancaster, Texas.During Kimberly’s sentencing hearing, evidence was presented that linked Kimberly to the murders of two other elderly women that occurred nearly a decade earlier, 81-year-old Maggie Harding and 85-year-old Jettie Lucas. For the murder of Dorothy, Kimberly was tried and convicted in two separate trials, years apart.Kimberly has spent the past 14 years on death row.

Prior to her arrest, Kimberly worked as an occupational therapist and home health care provider.In 1990, Kimberly received a two-year sentence for forgery.Kimberly served four months before being released.In 1993, Kimberly married Aaron Michaels, founder of the New Black Panther Party.The marriage lasted three years and resulted in one child, a son.

McCarthy has insisted she is innocent of the crime, alleging that Kilo and JC, two men she knew through buying and selling drugs, committed the murders and framed her by planting evidence in her apartment.She also claims that they gave her several of Dorothy’s possessions, not telling her that they were stolen.

The United State Supreme Court refused to review Kimberly’s case.No comment was given as to why they refused to review the case.Kimberly’s attorney is not surprised by the Supreme Court’s action, and plans to file a request for clemency with Texas Governor Rick Perry.

Please pray for peace for the families of Dorothy Booth, Maggie Harding, and Jettie Lucas.Please pray for strength for the family of Kimberly.Please pray that Kimberly may come to have a relationship with Jesus Christ, if she has not already found one.

 

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