Kimberly McCarthy became the 500th person to be executed by the state of Texas yesterday since the death penalty was reinstated. In her final words, she said that she was "going home" to be with Jesus, and encouraged witnesses to "keep the faith," the Christian Post website reports today (June 27, 2013).
"This is not a loss. This is a win. You know where I'm going. I'm going home to be with Jesus. Keep the faith. I love you all," were McCarthy's final words before she was given a lethal dose of pentobarbital, and later pronounced dead.
McCarthy -- a former nursing home therapist who became addicted to crack cocaine -- was punished for a crime she was judged to have committed in 1997, a murder and robbery of her neighbor, a retired professor.
Tied to two other killings, she had been on death row for years, but was granted a reprieve in January while her lawyers appealed the case, claiming the jury was racially biased against her.