Protesters gather outside Texas’ 500th execution

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Dozens of protesters have gathered outside the Texas prison where the state is set to execute its 500th inmate since it resumed carrying out the death penalty in 1982.

Kimberly McCarthy is set to be put to death in Huntsville on Wednesday evening. The 52-year-old also would be the first woman executed in the U.S. since 2010.

Texas has carried out nearly 40 percent of the more than 1,300 executions in the U.S. since the Supreme Court allowed capital punishment to resume in 1976.

In recent years, Texas executions have generally drawn fewer than 10 protesters. About 40 people were protesting about a block from the Huntsville Unit on Wednesday, carrying signs saying “Death Penalty: Racist and Anti-Poor,” ”Stop All Executions Now” and “Stop Killing to Stop Killings.”

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