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  •  Here are some details of the case (3+ / 0-)


    Pretty brutal, and there does seem to be some good evidence to support the conviction.

    I think I'm OK with this one.

    On July 21, 1997, McCarthy reportedly called her neighbor, former El Centro College psychology professor Dorothy Booth, saying that she was on her way over to borrow some sugar.[1] Prosecutors later alleged that McCarthy's true intent was to rob Booth.[6] After McCarthy arrived at Booth's home, she stabbed Booth five times with a butcher knife, beat her with a candelabrum, and cut off her finger to steal her diamond wedding ring. McCarthy then stole Booth's purse and Mercedes-Benz, then pawned the diamond ring in order to buy crack cocaine.[1]
    The day after Booth's murder, McCarthy was charged with murder. Evidence showed that McCarthy used Booth's credit cards at a liquor store and was in possession of Booth's driver's license. Booth's DNA was also found on the murder weapon, which police recovered from McCarthy's home.[4]

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