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Kimberly McCarthy execution postponed until April

DEATH ROW: Kimberly McCarthy

THE EXECUTION of convicted murderer Kimberly McCarthy has been postponed until April 3, reports The Associated Press.

The Texas native, who would have been the first woman put to death in the U.S. since 2010, was issued a reprieve by State District Judge Larry Mitchell less than five hours before she was scheduled to receive the lethal injection.

McCarthy was sent to death row over the fatal stabbing and robbery of her 71-year-old neighbour Dorothy Booth in 1997.

The 51-year-old's lawyers have reportedly contended her conviction on the grounds that the jury in the trial, which was made up of 11 whites and one black person, were "improperly selected on the basis of race".

Shortly after learning the news McCarthy told prison agency spokesman John Hurt: "I'm happy right now over that. There's still work to be done on my case."

The case continues.

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