A state district judge has reset to June 26 this week's scheduled execution of a Dallas-area woman for the robbery-slaying of a 71-year-old retired college professor more than 15 years ago.
Fifty-one-year-old Kimberly McCarthy was set to die Wednesday in Huntsville.
State District Judge Larry Mitchell's action formalizes an agreement last week between Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins and McCarthy's attorney that her punishment should be put off until the fate of death penalty-related bills now in the Texas Legislature is determined. Lawmakers are about halfway through their six-month session.
McCarthy's attorney, Maurie Levin, contends the jury in her case unfairly was selected on the basis of race.
McCarthy was condemned for the 1997 killing of Dorothy Booth at Booth's home in Lancaster, about 15 miles south of Dallas.