Texas woman's execution halted

4:36 PM, Jan 29, 2013   |    comments
Kimberly McCarthy (USA Today)
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HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) – Dallas County prosecutors say they aren't appealing a state judge's decision to halt the scheduled Tuesday evening execution of a Texas woman.

Kimberly McCarthy, 51, would have been the first woman put to death in the U.S. since 2010.

State District Judge Larry Mitchell issued a reprieve for McCarthy less than five hours before she was scheduled to be taken to the death chamber for the 1997 slaying of a neighbor.

Dallas County Assistant District Attorney Shelly Yeatts says McCarthy's execution date is April 3.

McCarthy's lawyers contend the jury that convicted McCarthy of murder was improperly selected on the basis of race. McCarthy is black. Her jury was made up of 11 whites and one black person.

(The Associated Press)

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