But according to evidence in her capital murder trial (her original mugshot is shown here), McCarthy wound up stabbing Dorothy Booth, 71, five times and then bludgeoned her with a large candle holder.
According to The Associated Press, McCarthy drove Booth's Mercedes to Dallas, pawned the ring for $200 and then went to a crack house to buy some cocaine. Evidence also showed she used Booth's credit cards at a liquor store and was carrying the victim's driver's license, the AP reported.
She is set to die Jan. 29. because the U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to review her case, according to the AP.
C. Wayne Huff, McCarthy's attorney, said the Supreme Court's decision was not unexpected and he would file a clemency request with Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the AP reported.
"We're working on seeing if there are any other avenues we can take," he said.
-- Bill Miller