Posted: Mar 29, 2013 12:46 PM by Associated Press
DALLAS (AP) - Dallas County's top prosecutor is pushing for a stay of execution for a woman convicted of killing a retired college professor in North Texas.
District Attorney Craig Watkins says Kimberly McCarthy's execution, scheduled for Wednesday, should be delayed while lawmakers consider legislation that would improve the fairness of the death penalty.
McCarthy's attorney asked a judge earlier this month to halt her execution, contending jurors were predominantly white and may have been unfairly selected on the basis of race. McCarthy is black.
Watkins said Friday he believes McCarthy is guilty but added it's "prudent for us to stand aside" until lawmakers consider the bills. The judge's decision is pending.
McCarthy, a former nursing home therapist, was convicted of the 1997 killing of a 71-year-old Dorothy Booth at the retired psychology professor's Lancaster home.
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