A Texas inmate who faced a lethal injection has had her execution delayed by a judge and moved to April 3.
Kimberly McCarthy, 51, will be the first woman to be executed in America since 2009, and the first in 8 years in the state of Texas.
Since the Supreme Court allowed capital punishment to restart in in 1976, only 12 women have been executed, compared to 1,309 men, NBC reports. Women account for less than 1% of all executions in America, but they make up 10% of all homicide convictions.
McCarthy was given a death sentence for beating, stabbing, and robbing a 71-year-old female neighbor in 1997. She was also connected to two earlier murders that were similarly violent.
Her execution was delayed after her lawyers argued that her death sentence was improperly based on her race, since it was determined by a jury of whom 11 were white.