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  • Notable Women on Death Row

    Kimberly McCarthy is set to be the first woman executed since 2010 when she is put to death in Texas on Tuesday. She was convicted of murdering a 70-year-old woman in Texas in July, 1997. The victim was stabbed numerous time. McCarthy then stole the victim's credit cards and took the victim's car. Prior to the attack, McCarthy served a two-year sentence for forgery and was released in 1991.
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  • Notable Women on Death Row

    Manling Williams was convicted on three counts of homicide in California in connection with the death of her husband, Neal, 27, and their sons Devon, 7, and Ian, 3.
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  • Notable Women on Death Row

    Tina Brown was sentenced to death for brutally killing 19-year-old Audreanna Zimmerman in Florida in 2010.
    Escambia County Sheriff
  • Notable Women on Death Row

    Kimberly Cargill was convicted in 2010 of killing her mentally-challenged babysitter Cherry Walker in Smith County, Texas, and dumping her body before the babysitter was scheduled to testify in a custody hearing.
    Smith County Sheriff
  • Notable women on death row

    Teresa Lewis of Virginia executed Sept. 23, 2010 for the murder of her husband, Julian Lewis, and stepson, C.J. Lewis, in October 2002. She participated in a murder plan with two hitmen, Matthew J. Shallenberger and Rodney L. Fuller, to gain insurance money. The Supreme Court denied a request to delay her execution until the court reviewed her case, even though Lewis was borderline mentally retarded.
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  • Notable women on death row

    Debra Brown is on death row in Indiana for the murder of a 7-year-old girl in June 1984. Indiana has never executed a female offender. Brown is also serving a life sentence for an unrelated murder in Ohio. She was originally sentenced to the death penalty for that crime, but her sentence was commuted because of her low IQ score and dependent personality.
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  • Notable women on death row

    Christa Pike of Tennessee was the youngest woman to be placed on death row when convicted of murder at age 20. While in prison, Pike tried to murder another inmate by attempting to strangle her with a shoestring. Tennessee's last execution of a female offender occurred in 1837. One other Tennessee woman, Gail Owens, was also sentenced to the death penalty but had her sentenced commuted in July, 2010.
    Tennessee Department of Corrections
  • Notable women on death row

    Erica Yvonne Sheppard of Texas is on death row after being convicted of robbing and murdering Marilyn Sage Meagher in June, 1993. Sheppard and her co-defendant, James Dickerson, attempted to steal Meagher's car. When Meagher resisted, the robbery turned violent. Amnesty International and the Rev. Jesse Jackson have both helped Sheppard attempt to appeal her death sentence.
    Texas Department of Criminal Justice
  • Notable women on death row

    Blanche Moore of North Carolina was sentenced to the death penalty after being convicted of the arsenic poisoning of her first husband in October, 1986. Police became suspicious of Moore after her current husband became ill from arsenic. High levels of arsenic also were found in the bodies of her dead boyfriend, father, and mother-in-law.
    North Carolina Department Of Correction
  • Notable women on death row

    Brittany Holberg of Texas of sentenced to the death penalty after being convicted of the murder of an 80-year-old man in November, 1996. The victim was stabbed more than 60 times and had part of a lamp shoved down his throat.
    Texas Department of Criminal Justice
  • Notable women on death row

    Cathy Lynn Henderson of Texas was convicted of abducting and murdering 3-month-old Brandon Baugh in January, 1994. Henderson was the babysitter for Baugh and his sister, Megan. Prosecutors could not find a motive for the murder. Recently, new scientific information relating to the case came to light and Henderson's attorneys are trying to appeal.
    Texas Department of Criminal Justice
  • Notable women on death row

    In August, 1998, Suzanne Basso and four others in Texas kidnapped a 59-year-old mentally retarded man and beat him to death with belts, baseball bats, steel-toed boots, hands and feet. Basso was the leader of the group and encouraged all the co-defendants to abuse the victim. The murder was committed for proceeds from an insurance policy on the victim as well as other assets, for all of which Basso was designated as heir.
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