Stop Upcoming Execution of Texas Woman on Death Row

Death Penalty

Target: Rick Perry and the Texas Board of Pardons

Goal: Stop the execution of Kimberly McCarthy, a woman sentenced to death whose murder confession was obtained under questionable circumstances.

On January 29 – only weeks from now – a Texas death row inmate, Kimberly McCarthy, is scheduled to die by lethal injection. She is now a 51-year old woman, on death row in Texas for a crime she allegedly committed in the summer of 1997. According to the prosecutor, Kimberly called up her next-door neighbor, 71 year old Dorothy Booth, and asked to borrow some sugar. But when she came over, she fatally stabbed Dorothy five times, and cut off her finger to take her wedding ring (which she would later pawn for $200). Kimberly, allegedly, after the killing, took Dorothy’s white Mercedes to a drug house, hoping to trade it in for crack; she then used her neighbor’s credit card at the local liquor store. Kimberly was convicted of capital murder because the jury found her crime to be particularly heinous.

According to a police officer’s testimony during her trial, Kimberly also allegedly promised him her murder confession in exchange for crack. This “confession” was clearly questionable, or at least the circumstances under which it was obtained, since she was denied legal representation at the time of her confession. Her conviction was overturned, but only temporarily. In 2002, the court found that despite the illicit ways of obtaining her confession, it was “powerful enough to establish her guilt of capital murder”; she was retried, convicted and sentenced to death once more.

Whether or not she committed a heinous crime, we do not know. Either way, it does not morally justify the state of Texas doing something as heinous as taking her life as punishment. Since Texas resumed capital punishment in 1976, 492 persons have been executed. There are currently 10 women on death row in Texas; however, McCarthy is alone in having an execution date. And she is one too many. By signing this petition, you are taking a stand against the death penalty in its entirety. To quote Amnesty International: “the death penalty is the ultimate, irreversible denial of human rights.” Call on the Governor of Texas, Rick Perry, to stop this atrocity and spare the life of Kimberly McCarthy.

PETITION LETTER

Dear Rick Perry and the Texas Board of Pardons,

The United States is the only Western democracy that still uses the death penalty, and it is one of the most frequent users in the world. As you know, Texas is responsible for a large part of those statistics. I urge you to change that.

Many US states are considering reforming or abolishing capital punishment in 2013. Even your own former District Attorneys, Grant Jones and Sam Millsap encourage you to reconsider the death penalty. Listen to them, and to human rights organizations around the country and the world, and stop the execution of Kimberly McCarthy.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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6 Comments

  1. Sally Erisman says:

    This is urgent!!!

  2. Patrick Regini says:

    Government , instead of promoting and fostering a fertile civil environment of education, maturing and appreciation towards life and order, is defeatist , making it more difficult for society and the human species to do its best

  3. Kathy Baker says:

    I had a brother that was locked up in jail/ prison
    Most of his life. Then with a mind of a 12
    year old he got with a woman the same
    way. She went crazy on him one night
    started hitting him and stabbing him with
    a kitchen knife. To defend himself he
    fought back then he lost it and killed
    her. I believe just as I did with him if you
    take another’s life why should you be
    any different . I have Pen Pal with
    Kimberly L McCarthly she seemed very
    nice. But she made way to many mistakes
    in life and it caught up with her. I feel
    Sorry for her her family. But I also
    feel very sorry for the 71yr old woman and
    her family. They didn’t get to spend the
    Rest of the natural life with her, because
    she was taken from them way to soon. I
    know Kimberly has had a past but she had
    a great life before she went wayward off the
    wrong path. I also know that Kimberley
    has made her peace with God. And she is
    Ready when the time comes . I know
    a lot of people will be upset with my words
    but this is how I feel.

  4. She is a killing machine and needs to be stopped.

  5. Ok, here are my thoughts, firsts and foremost I hope they never get rid of the death penalty in any state! I think if someone murdered my child or any person I love then they deserve the very same thing!! In fact I hate the way they that prisoners are put to death. Why can they suffer a bit like their victim or victims did?? EYE FOR AN EYE!! Think for a second about little children getting gun downed, etc., etc, I don’t get how people think any other way!! Yes I might sound brutal, but isn’t killing a wonderful human being more BRUTAL?? Ask yourself if it was one of yours, could you truly be that forgiving?? Kimberly deserves to die, end of story!!!! I’m furious that it was stopped!!

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