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Kimberly Mccarthy Denied Appeal

Kimberly Mccarthy Denied Appeal

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IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALSFOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT
No. 11-70019KIMBERLY LAGAYLE MCCARTHY,Petitioner-Appellantv.RICK THALER, DIRECTOR, TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF CRIMINALJUSTICE, CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS DIVISION,Respondent-Appellee Appeal from the United States District Courtfor the Northern District of TexasUSDC No. 3:07-CV-1631Before JOLLY, GARZA, and STEWART, Circuit Judges.PER CURIAM:
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 A Texas jury convicted Petitioner Kimberly Lagayle McCarthy of capitalmurder, and she was sentenced to death. The Texas Court of Criminal Appealsaffirmed and denied her subsequent application for habeas corpus. The districtcourt denied her federal habeas petition and declined to grant her a certificateof appealability (“COA”). McCarthy asks this court to grant her a COA on twoissues pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2253. Because McCarthy cannot make a
United States Court of AppealsFifth Circuit
F I L E D
July 11, 2012Lyle W. CayceClerk
Pursuant to 5
TH
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. R. 47.5, the court has determined that this opinion should not
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be published and is not precedent except under the limited circumstances set forth in 5
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.R. 47.5.4.
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No. 11-70019substantial showing of the denial of a federal constitutional right, we DENY aCOA.IThe evidence presented at trial established that McCarthy “entered thehome of her 71-year old neighbor Dorothy Booth under the pretense of borrowingsome sugar and then ‘stabbed Mrs. Booth five times, hit her in the face with acandelabrum, [and] cut off her left ring finger in order to take her diamondring.’”
McCarthy v. Thaler
, No. 3:07–CV–1631–O, 2011 WL 1754199, at *1 (N.D.Tex. May 9, 2011) (quoting
McCarthy v. State
, No. 74590, 2004 WL 3093230, at*2 (Tex. Crim. App. Sept. 24, 2004)). McCarthy then left with Mrs. Booth’s purseand wedding ring. Eventually, she “drove Mrs. Booth’s Mercedes Benz to a‘crack house’ where she attempted to purchase crack cocaine.”
McCarthy
, 2004WL 3093230, at *2. She later “pawned Mrs. Booth’s wedding ring for $200, andused the victim’s credit cards at least four times on the day after the murder.”
Id.
McCarthy was originally convicted of the capital murder of Mrs. Booth in1998. However, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (“TCCA”) reversed herconviction on direct appeal.
McCarthy v. State
, 65 S.W.3d 47, 49 (Tex. Crim. App. 2001). The TCCA held that the trial court had violated McCarthy’s rightto counsel under the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments by admitting intoevidence a written statement she made to police after she had unambiguouslyinvoked her right to counsel.
Id.
at 51. Although McCarthy did not admit tophysically killing Mrs. Booth in the statement, the TCCA concluded that thestatement “was, as the State’s attorney so effectively pointed out . . ., powerfulenough to establish her guilt of capital murder either as a party or as a2
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No. 11-70019conspirator. . . . [and] was also used to paint [her] as an unrepentant liar and setout her cruel and greedy motive for killing her elderly neighbor.”
Id.
at 55.
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McCarthy was subsequently re-tried. The jury found her guilty of capitalmurder, and she was sentenced to death. The TCCA upheld her second capitalmurder conviction on direct appeal,
McCarthy
, 2004 WL 3093230, and theSupreme Court of the United States denied her petition for a writ of certiorari.
McCarthy v. Texas
, 545 U.S. 1117 (2005). McCarthy timely filed a state petitionfor a writ of habeas corpus. Without holding an evidentiary hearing, the state
The written statement reads as follows:
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Early Tuesday morning about 1:30 a.m., drugs were delivered to me at my residenceby “Kilo” and “J.C.”, two guys I met in South Dallas selling drugs, about a month or so ago.Both guys stayed at my residence & partied with me. After my money & the drugs ran out,they asked if I could get some more money. I told them no. They asked me if I knew any of myneighbors I could borrow money from & I said no, not at that hour & that I had to go to work. At that time they began to be verbally abusive & threatening to harm me if I didn’t. I calledmy neighbor “Dorothy Booth”. I’m not sure of the time & got no answer. I waited a while &called back, she answered. “Kilo” told me to hang up & I did. He told me to call back & ask herto borrow some sugar or milk instead of money over the phone, because they were going to robher & take the car. I called back & asked to borrow sugar, she said ok. Kilo & J.C. followed meto her house, when she opened the door & saw me, to let me in they both pushed the door open& knocked her down. I was shoved back outside to her car. The driver side was unlocked & Iwas told to stay there & lay down in the front seat. Several minutes later they both came outwith her car keys, purse, & CD player. Both guys went back into my house & came out witha jam box, cordless phone & caller ID. They told me to drive to Mi Amore motel on secondavenue to make a pick up. I was told to park on the next street over & wait for them. Afterabout 3–5 minutes or so I drove off with all the belongings they took & went to Fitzhugh to thedope house. No one answered the door so I went to Perry street dope house. I took everythingout of the car & went inside to get dope. They didn’t have any so “Smiley” said he would goaround the corner & get me some. I gave him the keys & another girl rode with him. Theycame back & the police stopped them in front of the dope house on Perry street. I went to theback of the house & waited a few minutes & left out the back door to get drugs elsewhere. A few hours later I returned to Perry street dope house & “Smiley” was upset that the copsstopped him. He gave me the car keys back. He asked me if the car was stolen & I said no. Hewanted to rent it out for dope so I did & left. After the dope ran out I searched the purse &found a diamond ring & credit cards. I took the ring to the pawn shop & sold it. Later I usedthe credit card at the grocery store & gas station to purchase cigarettes by the carton for resaleat the “boot leg” for cash. I went to a friend’s house to smoke dope. He sold the caller ID andcordless phone for dope money. The jambox was sold to an individual at the Mexican dude onFitzhugh & East Grand. I got a ride with a male & female. We went to several gas stations &she went inside to use the credit cards once or twice.
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