The US state of Texas is preparing to execute its 500th convict since the death penalty was restored in 1976, a record in a country where capital punishment is in decline elsewhere.
A cemetery for prisoners, with some three thousand graves since the 19th century, is pictured on May 21, 2013 in Huntsville, Texas. Grave markers with an "X" or the word "Executed" indicate the prisoner was put to death. The US State of Texas is preparing to execute its 500 convict since the death penalty was restored in 1976, a record in a country where capital punishment is elsewhere in decline
On Wednesday, in the absence of a last minute pardon, 52-year-old Kimberly McCarthy will receive a lethal injection in Huntsville Penitentiary for the 1997 murder of 71-year-old retired college professor Dorothy Booth.
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