Death Penalty

A child killer was put to death with no apparent complications Wednesday in Ohio's first execution since a problem-plagued one 3½ years ago triggered an uproar over the reliability of the lethal injection drugs used by the state.
by Julie Carr Smyth, Associated Press
1:07pm
7.27.2017
William Morva is days from being executed in Virginia for crimes his attorneys say were spawned by delusions that made him fear for his life. The case of the inmate, now 35, has pushed to the forefront the debate over whether people with mental...
by Alanna Durkin Richer, Associated Press
10:16am
6.30.2017
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The Arkansas Medical Board on Thursday voted to end its investigation into how drugs used to execute four inmates in April were obtained after the panel's attorney said he found no evidence that any doctors licensed by the state were involved.
by Andrew DeMillo, Associated Press
11:27am
6.9.2017
Alabama inmate Tommy Arthur—called the "Houdini" of death row by some after he got seven prior execution dates postponed—is scheduled to be put to death Thursday evening. Arthur, 75, was convicted in the 1982 murder-for-hire slaying of Troy Wicker.
by Kim Chandler, Associated Press
10:32am
5.25.2017
A bell tolled the fate of a gunman after a jury on Wednesday condemned him to die for shooting two Pennsylvania troopers at their barracks in a late-night ambush, killing one and leaving a second with devastating injuries.
by Michael Rubinkam, Associated Press
12:05pm
4.27.2017
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A moratorium on executions in Oklahoma should be extended until major changes are made to the state's capital punishment system so that an innocent person isn't put to death, a state commission recommended on Tuesday.
by Sean Murphy, Associated Press
10:28am
4.26.2017
The surviving sons of David Spence, who was convicted and sentenced to death for two of the three homicides that made up the 1982 Lake Waco Murders, have filed a lawsuit against the State of Texas. Jason and Joel Spence claim their father and the...
by Stephen Adams, KCEN
12:16pm
4.25.2017
In one convoluted night, Arkansas successfully carried out the first double execution in the United States in 16 years, and the state’s first lethal injection in 12 years. This comes amid Arkansas’ legal battle to execute eight inmates over 11 days...
11:48am
4.25.2017
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The U.S. Supreme Court spared the life of an Arkansas inmate minutes before his death warrant was set to expire Monday, scuttling efforts to resume capital punishment after nearly 12 years in a state with an aggressive plan to carry out four double...
by Andrew DeMillo and Sean Murphy, Associated Press
10:39am
4.18.2017
A key execution drug expires April 30, and eight Arkansas inmates are due to die in four double-executions beginning April 17. Six of the inmates are seeking clemency and are asking for "significant and individualized" consideration of their...
by Kelly P. Kissel, Associated Press
11:54am
4.5.2017
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Florida's Republican governor on Monday took 21 more first-degree murder cases away from State Attorney Aramis Ayala who has said she will no longer seek the death penalty. Ayala has come under fire recently after announcing she wouldn't seek the...
by Brendan Farrington, Associated Press
10:12am
4.4.2017
As Paul Storey's execution looms, one juror is asking the Texas Legislature to clarify the jury instructions in death penalty cases, claiming he didn't know he alone could have stopped the sentence.
by Jolie McCullough, Texas Tribune
12:45pm
3.29.2017
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Legislators from both parties say they will try to re-institute the death penalty in Delaware this year with a measure expected to be introduced next week. The state Supreme Court last year ruled the capital punishment law unconstitutional.
by Matthew Albright, The News Journal
10:04am
3.28.2017
The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered a new court hearing for a black Texas prison inmate whose death sentence may have been tainted by disturbing references to race. Lawyers for inmate Duane Buck said the result of the court's 6-2 decision is that...
by Mark Sherman, Associated Press
9:28am
2.23.2017
Patrick Evans' murder retrial came to a halt last year after the state's highest court ruled that only unanimous juries can sentence defendants to death and that the current law requiring a 10-2 jury vote for the death penalty can't be applied to...
by Laura Morel, Tampa Bay Times
11:18am
2.22.2017
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At least two Texas Democrats and one Republican are pushing to reform the death penalty under the law of parties, which holds those involved in a murder equally responsible, even if they weren't directly involved in the actual killing.
by Jolie McCullough, Texas Tribune
9:40am
2.3.2017
The stop-and-start nature of U.S. executions in recent years hit another speed bump this week when a federal judge found Ohio's latest lethal injection procedure unconstitutional. States have struggled for years now to find lethal drugs that pass...
by Andrew Welsh-Huggins, Associated Press
11:00am
1.27.2017
Alabama will continue to be the only state in the U.S. that allows a judge to override a jury recommendation of life in prison in favor of the death penalty, as the U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to hear challenges to the system.
9:24am
1.24.2017
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