USA: A deadly distinction: 500th execution in Texas looms

The 500th Texas execution is due to take place on 26 June 2013. Kimberly McCarthy is scheduled to be killed at or soon after 6pm, Texas time. She was sentenced to death for the murder of her neighbour, who was stabbed to death in her home in 1997. Kimberly McCarthy would be the 13th woman to be executed in the USA since 1976, and the fourth in Texas. The death penalty is incompatible with human dignity: Texas has yet to recognize this incompatibility with human rights principles.

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