Texas Holds Record 500th Modern Execution

Texas held its 500th modern execution Wednesday night since the state reinstated the death penalty over 30 years ago, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Kimberly McCarthy, 52, was executed for the 1997 murder of her neighbor, a 71-year-old college professor, during a robbery.

The milestone puts Texas far ahead of other states that allow capital punishment. Virginia has had 110 modern executions, making it the next highest total to Texas.

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