HUNTSVILLE, Texas – Dorothy Booth's family and friends waited 16 years for a measure of closure when the woman who brutally beat and fatally stabbed their loved one was executed for her crime.
Because Kimberly McCarthy's execution Wednesday night marked the 500th in Texas since the state resumed carrying out capital punishment in 1982, it drew increased attention from protesters and the media. But for Booth's loved ones, it was personal: getting the justice promised to them by Texas.
McCarthy, who was also the first woman executed in the U.S. in nearly three years, was condemned for the robbery, beating and fatal stabbing of 71-year-old Booth, her neighbor. It was among three killings linked to the 52-year-old McCarthy.