Texas woman’s execution halted; prosecutor won’t appeal

continued from page 1

Question of the Day

Is it still considered bad form to talk politics during a social gathering?

View results

McCarthy, who denied any involvement in the attacks, was indicted but not tried for those slayings.

“She took the most defenseless, the most helpless people, people that trusted her, that she chose to attack,” Greg Davis, the former Dallas County assistant district attorney who prosecuted her, said last week.

Prosecutors also showed that McCarthy stole Booth’s Mercedes and drove to Dallas, pawned the ring for $200 and then went to a crack house to buy cocaine. Evidence also showed she used Booth’s credit cards at a liquor store and was carrying Booth’s driver’s license.

Booth’s DNA was found on a 10-inch butcher knife recovered from McCarthy’s home.

McCarthy blamed the crime on two drug dealers she identified only as “Kilo” and “J.C.” There was no evidence to show either existed.

She was tried twice for Booth’s slaying, most recently in 2002. Her first conviction in 1998 was thrown out three years later by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, which ruled that police violated her rights by using a statement she made to them after asking for a lawyer.

McCarthy is a former wife of Aaron Michaels, founder of the New Black Panther Party, and he testified on her behalf. They had separated before Booth’s slaying.

McCarthy is among 10 women on death row in Texas, but the only one with an execution date.

In 1998, Karla Faye Tucker, 38, became the first woman executed in Texas since the Civil War for a robbery in Houston where two people were killed with a pickax. Two years later, a 62-year-old great-grandmother, Betty Lou Beets, received a lethal injection for the slaying of her fifth husband in northeast Texas to collect insurance and pension benefits. And in 2004, Frances Newton, 40, was executed for the 1987 slayings of her husband and two children in Houston.

At least eight male Texas prisoners have executions scheduled in the coming months.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
TWT Video Picks