Juneteenth protesters in Houston invoke McCarthy's name.
HUNTSVILLE, Texas - Kimberly McCarthy, who claims jury selection in her trial was tainted by racism, is on track Wednesday to become the 500th person executed in Texas during the modern era. The total dwarfs that of every other state. The closest, Virgina, has put to death 110.
If Texas follows through with its plan, Execution Watch will provide live coverage and commentary on the execution, as well as the protests planned outside the death house.
RADIO SHOW PREVIEW - TEXAS’ 500TH EXECUTION
Unless a stay is issued, we'll broadcast live:
Wednesday, 26 June 2013, 6-7 PM Central Time
KPFT FM Houston 90.1 and Online...
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TEXAS PLANS TO EXECUTE:
KIMBERLY McCARTHY, who has the gruesome distinction of holding No. 500 in the Texas death-penalty lottery. Unless she receives a stay before Thursday night, McCarthy will become the 500th person, and only the fourth woman, executed by Texas during the post-reinstatement era of the U.S. death penalty. The ex-crack addict was condemned in a 1997 robbery-slaying near Dallas. McCarthy is the former wife of New Black Panther Party founder Aaron Michaels, with whom she has a son. She is one of 10 women on Texas death row. McCarthy’s appeals allege that jury selection in her trial was tainted by racism.
Host: RAY HILL, an ex-convict and activist who founded -- and hosted for 30 years -- The Prison Show on KPFT. His internet radio show airs Wednesdays at 2 PM CT.: hmsnetradio.org.
Legal Analyst: JIM SKELTON, a legal educator, retired attorney and native Texan who has seen capital trials from both the prosecution and defense tables. Joining him will be Houston criminal defense attorneys SUSAN ASHLEY, LARRY DOUGLAS, MICHAEL GILLESPIE & JACK LEE.
Featured Interview: KATE BLACK, a Houston capital defense attorney who is representing death row prisoner Duane Buck. Her client was condemned after a prosecution witness testified that his blackness made him more dangerous. http://blacklawoffice.org
Reporters Outside the Death House in Huntsville will include GLORIA RUBAC, member, Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement, www.abolitionmovement.org. Coverage will include the McCarthy execution as well as protests against its being No. 500.
Reporter, Vigil, Houston: DAVE ATWOOD, founder and former board member, Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, www.tcadp.org.
NEXT SCHEDULED EXECUTION
On July 16, Texas plans to kill JUAN QUINTANILLA JR. If it does, Execution Watch will air.
PRODUCER: Elizabeth, eliza.tx.usa @gmail.com.
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR & STUDIO ENGINEER: Otis Maclay.THEME: By Victoria Panetti, SheMonster International, myspace.com/shemonster