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Kimberly McCarthy is shown in this undated Texas Department of Criminal Justice photograph. Kimberly McCarthy is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection on January 29, 2013, the first woman to be put to death in more than two years, for the stabbing murder of her neighbor in 1997. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice/Handout/REUTERS)
Kimberly McCarthy is shown in this undated Texas Department of Criminal Justice photograph. Kimberly McCarthy is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection on January 29, 2013, the first woman to be put to death in more than two years, for the stabbing murder of her neighbor in 1997. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice/Handout/REUTERS)

Morning Briefing: U.S. woman set to die in first execution since 2010 Add to ...

A summary of what you need to know today, compiled by The Globe’s news desk on Jan. 29, 2013

Rare execution of woman set in Texas

The U.S. is set to execute its first female prisoner since 2010 today, in what is only the 13th time a woman has been put to death since capital punishment resumed in 1976. Kimberly McCarthy, 51, is set to die by lethal injection in Huntsville, Texas, for the gruesome murder of her 71-year-old neighbour in 1997. Women are responsible for about 10 per cent of homicides in the U.S. Men are much more likely to be put to death – more than 1,300 men have been executed in the US over that period.

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