Texas to execute 500th person
Kimberly McCarthy, 52, is scheduled to be executed today for the 1997 stabbing of her neighbor, marking Texas's 500th execution since the Supreme Court restored the death penalty in 1976. Over this period, Texas has executed far more prisoners than any other state with number two Virginia nearly 400 behind.
According to the Texas Tribune, Governor Rick Perry has overseen the executions of 261 people since he assumed office in 2000. "Perry has rarely used his power to grant clemency, granting 31 death row commutations, most of them — 28 — the result of a 2005 U.S. Supreme Court decision banning capital punishment for minors."