Pat Sullivan, Associated Press
HUNTSVILLE, Texas — Texas is approaching a grim milestone: It will soon execute the 500th prisoner since the death penalty resumed in the United States.
Barring a reprieve, Kimberly McCarthy will be executed by lethal injection on Wednesday night for the killing of her neighbor during a robbery in 1997.
Texas has accounted for nearly 40 percent of the more than 1,300 executions carried out since murderer Gary Gilmore went before a Utah firing squad in 1977 and became the first U.S. inmate executed following the Supreme Court's clarification of death penalty laws.
Virginia's death chamber is the second-busiest in the country, but the state is still nearly 400 executions behind Texas.
- President Obama: Ebola outbreak a threat to...
- 11 best—and worst—state tax systems
- Trial opens for Detroit officer who killed...
- Striking or spanking a child is not a...
- Yellen says US families need to boost savings
- Jason Chaffetz: Mitt Romney is leaving door...
- PepsiCo latest sponsor to voice NFL concern
- Vote counting begins in Scotland on independence
- US wealth gap putting the squeeze on... 27
- Striking or spanking a child is not a... 19
- President Obama: Ebola outbreak a... 14
- Chicago, NY, Hawaii on Obama library's... 12
- School police stock up on free military... 11
- Yellen says US families need to boost... 9
- US won't rule out working with Iran... 7
- Gamers use police hoax to lash out at... 6