Texas is scheduled to carry out its first execution of 2013, Tuesday night in Huntsville. It would be the 493rd post-Furman Texas execution since 1982, and the 254th execution conducted under the administration of Governor Rick Perry. Texas has the nation's most active death chamber and accounts for more than 37% of the executions in America's death penalty states.
"Woman set to die for 1997 Lancaster murder loses clemency bid," is the Dallas Morning News report.
The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles has unanimously refused a clemency request from a Dallas County woman set to die next week for the slaying and robbery of a retired 71-year-old college psychology professor at her home.
Attorneys for Kimberly McCarthy had sought a 120-day reprieve from her scheduled Tuesday execution and that her sentence be commuted to life in prison.
The seven-member board Friday turned her down.
McCarthy would be the fourth woman executed in Texas in modern times.
To date, there has been one execution in American death penalty states this year; a total of 1,321 post-Furman executions since 1977.
According to TDCJ, seven additional execution dates have been set for 2013. More will be added.