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Victim’s Family: 500th Execution ‘Just A Number’

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File photo of a Texas death chamber. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Newsmakers)

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HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Friends and family of Kimberly McCarthy’s victim say they weren’t aware McCarthy’s execution was the 500th in Texas since executions resumed in 1982.

McCarthy was put to death Wednesday executed for the 1997 robbery, beating and fatal stabbing of retired college psychology professor Dorothy Booth. Booth’s family said their only focus was on Booth’s brutal murder.

Randall Browning, who was Booth’s godson, says 500 is “just a number. It doesn’t really mean very much.” Browning says Booth’s friends and family were “just thinking about the justice that was promised to us by the state of Texas.”

In a statement she read to reporters, Booth’s daughter Donna Aldred said her mother “was an incredible person who was taken before her time.”

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