Dallas woman set to die next month seeking delay

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Associated Press

Posted on March 22, 2013 at 2:02 PM

HOUSTON (AP) — A condemned Dallas woman who avoided execution with a last-day reprieve in January is asking a Dallas judge to again halt her execution now set for early next month.

Convicted killer Kimberly McCarthy asked State District Judge Larry Mitchell in a court filing Friday to put off the April 3 lethal injection until the fate of a bill related to issues in her case and introduced March 6 in the Texas Legislature is determined.

Attorney Maurie Levin contends McCarthy's 1998 trial jury may have been unfairly selected on the basis of race. A bill proposed by Sen. Royce West and Rep. Eric Johnson, both Dallas Democrats, would bar racial discrimination in capital case prosecution.

McCarthy is facing execution for the 1997 slaying of a 71-year-old woman during a robbery.

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