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POSTED: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 8:30pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 8:32pm

A woman who was facing death tonight in Hunstsville, Texas will live, for at least a little longer.

State District Judge Larry Mitchell in Dallas today pushed her execution date back to April 3rd so that her lawyers can pursue an appeal based on the racial make-up of her trial jury.

Kimberly McCarthy, 51, was convicted and sent to death row for the 1997 stabbing, beating and robbery of a 71-year-old neighbor. She learned of the reprieve less than five hours before she was scheduled for lethal injection at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Huntsville Unit.

McCarthy, would have been the first woman put to death in the U.S. since 2010.

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