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Execution: Texas Kills 500th Prisoner, First U.S. Woman Since 2010

  • U.S.
  • 06.27.13 11:47 AM EDT

On Wednesday evening, Texas hit a grim milestone, executing the 500th prisoner in the state since it resumed carrying out the death penalty in 1982. The prisoner, Kimberly McCarthy, is also the first woman to be executed in United States since 2010.

McCarthy, 52, was executed in Huntsville after exhausting all efforts at appeal. McCarthy was convicted for the 1997 robbery, beating, and fatal stabbing of a retired college professor. Authorities say the victim, Dorothy Booth, was killed after letting McCarthy into her home after she'd asked to borrow a cup of sugar.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the death penalty was constitutional in 1976, and 32 states currently allow for executions. Texas is the nation's leader by far, carrying 40% of the 1,300 executions since it was reinstated. Recently, debates have flared over wrongful convictions, especially as new DNA technology has allowed for new evidence to be introduced in decades old cases. Maryland banned capital punishment in March of this year.