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Dallas prosecutor agrees to stay woman's execution

DALLAS (AP) - The Dallas district attorney is scheduled to announce Friday that he has agreed to a temporary stay of execution for a Texas woman convicted of killing an elderly woman in 1997.

A statement from District attorney Craig Watkins' office Thursday said he agreed to the delay of Kimberly McCarthy's execution because of proposed legislation that would improve the fairness of the death penalty.

The former nursing home therapist was convicted of the 1997 stabbing, beating and robbery of a 71-year-old neighbor, Dorothy Booth, at the retired college psychology professor's home in Lancaster, about 15 miles south of Dallas.

Watkins' agreement moves McCarthy's execution to June 26 from April 3. McCarthy had asked a judge last week to delay her execution until the fate of the legislation was determined.

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