Grim Milestone: Texas Set to Execute 500th Inmate

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HUNTSVILLE Texas, the nation's busiest death penalty state, is set to mark a solemn moment in criminal justice with the execution of convicted killer Kimberly McCarthy.

If McCarthy is put to death Wednesday in Huntsville as planned, she would become the 500th person executed in Texas since the state resumed carrying out the death penalty in 1982. The 52-year-old also would be the first woman executed in the U.S. since 2010.

McCarthy faces execution for the 1997 robbery, beating and fatal stabbing of retired college psychology professor Dorothy Booth in her Dallas-area home.

In appeals, McCarthy contended prosecutors improperly excluded black jurors from her trial and that her lawyers failed to challenge the moves.

Now McCarthy's attorney says she has exhausted all efforts to block the execution.