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July 24, 2014

Arizona Execution Goes Badly

A condemned Arizona inmate gasped and snorted for more than an hour and a half during his execution Wednesday before he died in an episode sure to add to the scrutiny surrounding the death penalty in the U.S. Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne's office said Joseph Rudolph Wood was pronounced dead at 3:49 p.m., one hour and 57 minutes after the execution started. Read more...

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Arizona Execution Goes Badly

A condemned Arizona inmate gasped and snorted for more than an hour and a half during his execution Wednesday before he died in an episode sure to add to the scrutiny surrounding the death penalty in the U.S. Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne's office said Joseph Rudolph Wood was pronounced dead at 3:49 p.m., one hour and 57 minutes after the execution started. Read more...

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July 23, 2014

Arizona Execution Stay Overturned

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed an Arizona execution to go forward amid a closely watched First Amendment fight over the secrecy surrounding lethal injection drugs in the country. The court ruled in favor of Arizona officials in the case of Joseph Rudolph Wood, who was convicted of murder in the 1989 shooting deaths of his estranged girlfriend and her father. The state plans to execute him Wednesday. Read more...

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July 21, 2014

Arizona Execution Postponed

A federal appeals court granted an Arizona death row inmate's request to postpone his pending execution, putting it on hold until prison officials reveal details on the two-drug combination that will be used to put him to death. The preliminary injunction granted by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversing a lower federal court comes four days before the scheduled execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood. Read more...

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July 17, 2014

California's Death Penalty Unconstitutional

In ruling California's death penalty unconstitutional, a federal judge said the system is so broken it unfairly leaves inmates with uncertain fates -- often for decades. In his decision, Santa Ana-based Judge Cormac J. Carney vacated the 1995 death sentence of Ernest D. Jones, who petitioned the court to determine whether his death sentence was valid. Carney wrote: "Allowing this system to continue to threaten Mr. Jones with the slight possibility of death, almost a generation after he was first sentenced, violates the Eighth Amendment's prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment." Read more...

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Missouri Executes Former Meth Dealer

A former methamphetamine dealer was executed Wednesday for killing three people in remote northern Missouri out of fear that they would report his drug activity to police. John Middleton, 54, died Wednesday night from an injection of pentobarbital, the sixth execution in Missouri this year. Only Florida and Texas, with seven each, have performed more executions. Read more...

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July 16, 2014

Court Reverses Execution Stay

A three-judge panel of the 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in St. Louis has removed a stay of execution for murderer John C. Middleton enforced by a federal judge earlier. Middleton, 54, is scheduled to be executed at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry ruled this morning that Middleton had demonstrated "a substantial threshold showing of insanity" and that the execution should be delayed until the court considers arguments that he is not competent to be executed. Read more...

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July 11, 2014

Florida Executes 1994 Rapist

Florida has executed a man for the 1994 rape and slaying of an 11-year-old girl. Eddie Wayne Davis was executed by lethal injection. It was the state's sixth execution this year, and 13th in the past two. The 45-year-old Davis was convicted in 1995 of first-degree murder, kidnapping and sexual battery in the slaying of Kimberly Waters, the daughter of a woman Davis had dated briefly. Read more...

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June 27, 2014

Oklahoma Executions Challenged

Prison officials are experimenting on death row inmates and violating the U.S. Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment by tinkering with Oklahoma's lethal injection procedures, attorneys for a group of condemned Oklahoma inmates argued in a federal lawsuit. Filed on behalf of 21 death row inmates, the lawsuit seeks to halt any attempt to execute them using the state's current lethal injection protocols, which it claims presents a risk of severe pain and suffering. Read more...

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Chester Turner Gets 2nd Death Sentence

A jury has recommended another death sentence for a man who's already on death row for murdering 10 women in the Los Angeles area. The panel recommended that Chester D. Turner should be put to death for killing four other women between 1987 and 1997. The former pizza deliveryman was convicted last week in the second spate of killings. City News Service says Turner will be sentenced Aug. 1. Read more...

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DNA Overturns Death Sentence

The Florida Supreme Court is throwing out the conviction of a death row inmate after new DNA evidence raised questions about whether or not he strangled a woman nearly 30 years ago. A divided court also overturned the death sentence for Paul C. Hildwin. Hildwin had been sentenced to die for killing 42-year-old Vronzettie Cox, whose nude body was found stuffed in the trunk of a car parked in some woods in September 1985. Read more...

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June 23, 2014

Ohio Jury Wimps Out

A jury is recommending a life sentence without parole for a 22-year-old man convicted of killing four people in a northeast Ohio townhome last year. The jury in Akron decided against recommending the death penalty Friday for Derrick Brantley. The same jury convicted Brantley of aggravated murder in the April 2013 slayings of the young adults. All four were shot in the head during a drug-related robbery. Read more...

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June 19, 2014

Florida Executes John Ruthell Henry

Florida has executed a man who fatally stabbed his wife and her young son in 1985. It is the third U.S. execution in less than 24 hours since a botched April lethal injection in Oklahoma. The governor's office says John Ruthell Henry was pronounced dead at 7:43 p.m. Wednesday. Read more...

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June 18, 2014

Georgia, Missouri Inmates Put to Death

A man convicted of the 1989 rape and strangulation of a teenage girl in Georgia was executed on Tuesday, the first U.S. inmate to be put to death since a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma in April renewed a national debate over capital punishment. Barely an hour later, a man convicted of killing two people and leaving his ex-girlfriend blind and disfigured in a 1996 rampage was put to death in Missouri early on Wednesday, state officials said, shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court denied his bid for an 11th-hour reprieve. Read more...

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June 16, 2014

Memphis Man Sentenced to Death

A jury on Sunday sentenced a Memphis man to death for killing his girlfriend and her parents in a shooting rampage in a home more than two years ago. Jurors deliberated for two hours before handing down the death sentence for Sedrick Clayton, 31. They also could have sentenced Clayton to life in prison, with or without the possibility of parole. The same 12-person jury convicted Clayton of first degree murder Saturday for the fatal shooting of his girlfriend, 23-year-old Pashea Fisher, and her parents in the Fishers' home on January 19, 2012. Read more...

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June 13, 2014

Missouri Inmate Gets Stay

A federal judge on Thursday granted a stay of execution for Missouri death row inmate John Winfield, less than a week before the convicted killer is scheduled to face execution, citing concerns that a prison worker was intimidated into deciding against writing a clemency letter on Winfield's behalf. Read more...

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May 23, 2014

Inmate Gets Death Sentence 5th Time

A jury in Marion County has once again voted to execute one of the longest-serving inmates on Oregon's death row. It will be the fifth death sentence in the case of Robert Langley, 54. In 1989, he was convicted of two separate killings and sentenced to die. Prosecutors said he buried one victim in a backyard hole, another in a cactus garden. Read more...

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May 21, 2014

Missouri Inmate Gets Execution Stay

The U.S. Supreme Court temporarily halted the execution of a Missouri death-row inmate with a birth defect less than two hours before his scheduled lethal injection. The Tuesday night order by Justice Samuel Alito capped a long night of legal maneuvers. The full court will look at death-row inmate's Russell Bucklew's case on Wednesday. Bucklew's death warrant remains in effect until 12:01 a.m. Thursday so he could be executed at any point before then if he exhausts all appeals. Read more...

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May 20, 2014

Sierra LaMar Suspect Faces Death

Two years after the suspect was arrested in the case of a 15-year-old California girl was last seen walking to her school bus stop, prosecutors have decided to seek the death penalty. Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen said he will seek a death sentence for Antolin Garcia-Torres in the 2012 disappearance of Sierra LeMar. Read more...

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Craigslist Suspect to Face Death Penalty

A northeastern Pennsylvania judge has ruled a woman charged with her newlywed husband with luring a man through Craigslist and killing him can face the death penalty. Northumberland County judge ruled a jury will be permitted to consider torture and robbery as aggravating factors that could justify the death penalty against Miranda Barbour. Investigators say Barbour stabbed Troy LaFerrara about 20 times in her parked car while husband Elytte Barbour held a cord tight against his neck from the back seat last November and then dumped his body in an alley. Read more...

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May 15, 2014

Texas Execution Halted

A federal appeals court halted a convicted killer's scheduled execution so his attorneys can pursue appeals arguing he's mentally impaired and ineligible for the death penalty. Robert James Campbell, 41, had two separate appeals, one claiming mental impairment and another that challenged the state's plan to use a drug for which it will not reveal the source, as was the case with drugs used in Oklahoma. Read more...

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May 09, 2014

Oklahoma Executions On Hold

Oklahoma's attorney general agreed to a six-month stay of execution for a death row inmate while an investigation is conducted into last week's botched lethal injection. Attorney General Scott Pruitt's office filed court documents saying it wouldn't object to a 180-day stay of execution being sought by attorneys for inmate Charles Warner. While the stay request only applies to Warner, Pruitt and Gov. Mary Fallin have said the state will not carry out any executions until the investigation is complete, which is expected to take at least eight weeks. Read more...

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May 02, 2014

Inmate Tased Before Botched Execution

The Oklahoma man whose botched execution garnered national attention this week was tased and refused a meal before being led into the death chamber, according to a timeline released by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. Clayton Lockett, 38, died from a heart attack nearly 40 minutes after he was injected with a new combination of drugs that were supposed to kill him. Read more...

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May 01, 2014

Tennessee Law Targets Pregnant Drug Users

Tennessee women who use drugs while pregnant can be criminally charged for harm done to their infants beginning July 1. Gov. Bill Haslam signed the legislation after "extensive conversations with experts including substance abuse, mental health, health and law enforcement officials," he wrote in a statement. "The intent of this bill is to give law enforcement and district attorneys a tool to address illicit drug use among pregnant women through treatment programs." Read more...


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April 30, 2014

Oklahoma Botches Double Execution

A controversial double execution in Oklahoma was scrubbed after the first inmate to receive an experimental three-drug cocktail writhed and grimaced on the gurney, struggled to lift his head and died of a heart attack more than 40 minutes later, officials and witnesses said. Clayton Lockett's bizarre death came after a constitutional showdown in Oklahoma over state execution secrecy laws. It is likely to provoke strong criticism from death penalty critics at a time when similar policies for lethal injections have come under fire across the nation. Read more...

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Ohio to Increase Death Dosage

Ohio has concluded that Dennis McGuire did not suffer any pain during his execution last January, the state's Department of Rehabilitation & Correction said. McGuire was executed using a new cocktail of drugs. The state ran out of pentobarbital, the traditional drug used in executions, so it used a combination of midazolam and hydromorphone. Read more...

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April 25, 2014

Ex-Marine Sentenced to Death

A federal jury sentenced an ex-Marine to death for murdering a fellow service member in 2009, one among a series of violent, sexually motivated attacks he committed over the years. Jorge Torrez of Zion, Ill., is the first person since 2007 to be sentenced to death at the federal courthouse in Alexandria. Read more...

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April 24, 2014

Florida Executes Double Killer

Florida has executed a man convicted of murdering two relatives to prevent one of them from testifying against him in a burglary trial. Robert Hendrix was pronounced dead at 6:21 p.m. at Florida State Prison in Starke, shortly after the lethal injection procedure began. Prosecutors say that in August 1990, Hendrix shot, hit and stabbed his cousin, Elmer Scott, in his Lake County trailer home. They say he then cut the throat of Scott's wife, Michelle, and shot her. Read more...

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April 23, 2014

Missouri Executes 1993 Killer

Missouri has executed an inmate convicted of murder in the 1993 deaths of a farming couple. Missouri Department of Corrections spokesman Mike O'Connell says William Rousan was declared dead at 12:10 a.m. Wednesday. Prosecutors say Rousan, his teenage son Brent Rousan and William's brother Robert Rousan murdered Charlie and Grace Lewis on Sept. 21, 1993 as part of a plot to steal two of the couple's cows. Read more...

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Oklahoma Court Stays 2 Executions

A sharply divided Oklahoma Supreme Court stayed the execution of two death row inmates who have challenged the secrecy surrounding the source of the state's lethal injection drugs. In a 5-4 decision, the state's highest court issued the stays just one day before death row inmate Clayton Lockett was scheduled to be executed for the 1999 shooting death of 19-year-old Stephanie Nieman. The second inmate, Charles Warner, was convicted in the 1997 death of his roommate's 11-month-old daughter. He was scheduled to die on April 29. Read more...

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April 17, 2014

Texas Executes Triple Killer

A man convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend, her young son and her mother 13 years ago at a Corpus Christi home has been executed by Texas prison authorities. Jose Villegas was lethally injected after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected arguments he was mentally impaired and ineligible for the death penalty. Read more...

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April 10, 2014

Texas Executes Mexican National

A man who escaped prison in his native Mexico while serving a murder sentence was executed in Texas for fatally beating a former Baylor University history professor and attacking his wife more than 16 years ago. Ramiro Hernandez-Llanas, 44, was lethally injected in the state's death chamber in Huntsville. He was in the U.S. illegally when he was arrested for the October 1997 slaying of 49-year-old Glen Lich. Read more...

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April 08, 2014

Court Blocks Death Penalty Drugs Case

As states scramble to find drugs needed to carry out executions, the Supreme Court won't decide for now whether condemned prisoners deserve to know how they will die. The justices denied a hearing to a Louisiana inmate who asked that state officials tell him what lethal-injection drugs they have planned for his demise. The case would have put the court squarely at the center of a life-and-death debate over the constitutional rights of even the most depraved killers to be protected from cruel and unusual punishment. Read more...

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April 04, 2014

Texas Executes Serial Killer

Texas executed a convicted killer using a new batch of drugs after the US supreme court rejected a last-minute appeal from his lawyers, who argued that the state's refusal to disclose details about the supply put him at risk of enduring a painful death that was tantamount to torture. Tommy Lynn Sells stabbed 13-year-old Kaylene Harris to death at her south-west Texas home in 1999 and claimed to have been responsible for as many as 70 murders nationwide. Read more...

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April 03, 2014

Court Overturns Judgette's Ruling

The execution of a Texas man was briefly blocked, but is back on schedule after a federal appeals court overturned a judge's order halting the lethal injection. The court reversed a lower court's order blocking the punishment so lawyers for the man, Tommy Lynn Sells, could get information about the lethal drug to be used to kill him. Read more...

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Judgette Halts Texas Execution

A federal judge stopped the scheduled execution of a serial killer in Texas, saying justice department officials must disclose information to the inmate's lawyers about the supplier of a new batch of drugs that would be used to kill him. U.S. District Judge Vanessa Gilmore issued a temporary injunction stopping the lethal injection of Tommy Lynn Sells. He had been scheduled to die Thursday. Read more...

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April 01, 2014

Death Row Woman Gets New Trial

A death row inmate who prosecutors say recruited her son in a plot to kill her husband will get a new trial, the Mississippi Supreme Court ruled in a rare order for a prisoner awaiting execution. Michelle Byrom, now 57, was convicted of murder and sentenced to death in 2000 in Tishomingo County in the killing of her husband, Edward "Eddie" Byrom Sr., and for recruiting her son in the plot. Byrom Sr. was fatally shot on June 4, 1999, at the couple's home in Iuka. Read more...

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March 29, 2014

Man Executed for Killing Delivery Person

A Dallas-area man was executed in Texas for the robbery and slaying of a woman who was attacked while delivering food to his parents' home 11 years ago. Anthony Doyle, 29, was given a lethal injection for the 2003 death of Hyun Mi Cho, who was beaten with a baseball bat, then robbed of her car, cellphone and credit cards. Evidence showed Doyle ordered the doughnuts and breakfast tacos that the 37-year-old Cho delivered. He shared the food with friends after stuffing the woman's body in a neighbor's trash can in an alley behind the home in Rowlett, a suburb just east of Dallas. Read more...

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Death Row Woman Gets Reprieve

Michelle Byrom, a Mississippi woman scheduled to be executed was granted a brief reprieve. She was to become the first female prisoner executed in Mississippi in 70 years. Byrom, 57, was convicted in the fatal shooting of her husband Edward Byrom Sr. in a 1999 murder-for-hire plot. Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood had filed a motion to set the woman's execution for Thursday but was denied by the state Supreme Court, reports Reuters. Read more...

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March 26, 2014

Missouri Executes Teen's Killer

A death-row inmate convicted of kidnapping, raping and killing a 17-year-old girl in suburban St. Louis was executed in Missouri, marking the state's fifth execution in as many months. Jeffrey Ferguson abducted Kelli Hall as she finished her shift at a Mobil gas station in St. Charles on Feb. 9, 1989. Her naked, frozen body was found 13 days later on a St. Louis County farm, and investigators determined she had been raped and strangled. Read more...

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Missouri Executes Teen's Killer

A death-row inmate convicted of kidnapping, raping and killing a 17-year-old girl in suburban St. Louis was executed in Missouri, marking the state's fifth execution in as many months. Jeffrey Ferguson abducted Kelli Hall as she finished her shift at a Mobil gas station in St. Charles on Feb. 9, 1989. Her naked, frozen body was found 13 days later on a St. Louis County farm, and investigators determined she had been raped and strangled. Read more...

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March 21, 2014

Florida Executes Double Killer

A Florida man convicted of killing two female co-workers by beating them with a hammer and setting them ablaze during a robbery at the store where they worked has been executed. Authorities say 55-year-old Robert L. Henry was pronounced dead at 6:16 p.m. following a lethal injection Thursday at the Florida State Prison. He was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder in the Nov. 2, 1987, slayings of 53-year-old Phyllis Harris and 35-year-old Janet Thermidor. Read more...

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Texas Gets New Batch of Execution Drugs

Texas has obtained a new batch of the drugs it uses to execute death row inmates, allowing the state to continue carrying out death sentences once its existing supply expires at the end of the month. But correction officials will not say where they bought the drugs, arguing that information must be kept secret to protect the safety of its new supplier. Read more...

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March 12, 2014

Steven Hayes Attempts Suicide

A death row inmate convicted in an infamous Connecticut home invasion has apparently attempted suicide. Steven Hayes was found unresponsive in his death row cell by staff members during a routine cell check at the Northern Correctional Institution. Read more...

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February 28, 2014

Man Executed for Trooper's 1992 Death

A drug trafficker who placed a pipe bomb in a gift-wrapped microwave oven in a plot to kill two potential murder witnesses was executed for the 1992 death of a Florida highway trooper who became the unintended victim. Paul Augustus Howell, 48, was pronounced dead following a lethal injection at the Florida State Prison in Stark, the office of Gov. Rick Scott said. Read more...

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February 26, 2014

Missouri Executes Rapist, Killer

A Missouri man who kidnapped, raped and murdered a 15-year-old girl near Kansas City 25 years ago was executed after the U.S. Supreme Court denied a last-minute stay. The state Department of Public Safety said Michael Taylor, 47, died from a lethal injection shortly after the high court joined the 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in rejecting pleas from his attorneys, who argued that the state's makeshift execution protocol was cruel and unusual punishment. Read more...

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February 19, 2014

Pharmacy to Withhold Execution Drug

An Oklahoma pharmacy will not provide a drug for a scheduled execution next week in Missouri as part of a settlement with the death row inmate's attorneys. But it's unclear whether the agreement will prevent or delay the lethal injection. A court hearing is scheduled in the federal lawsuit filed by inmate Michael Taylor against The Apothecary Shoppe, a compounding pharmacy in Tulsa that his attorneys said was providing a drug that could cause "inhumane pain" during his Feb. 26 execution. Read more...

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February 14, 2014

Judge Blocks Missouri Execution Drug

A pharmacy in Oklahoma has been blocked by a federal judge from providing a drug to the Missouri Department of Corrections needed for a scheduled execution. U.S. District Judge Terence Kern issued a temporary retraining order blocking the shipment of the drug until a hearing can be conducted on the issue next week. Read more...

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February 13, 2014

Man Executed for Florida Boy's Rape

A man was executed in Florida for raping and killing a 9-year-old boy 18 years ago, a death that spurred the victim's parents to press nationwide for stronger sexual predator confinement laws. Juan Carlos Chavez, 46, was pronounced dead at 8:17 p.m. Wednesday after a lethal injection at Florida State Prison, authorities said. Chavez abducted Jimmy Ryce at gunpoint after the boy got off a school bus on Sept. 11, 1995, in rural southwestern Miami-Dade County. Trial testimony showed Chavez raped the boy and then shot him when he tried to escape, dismembering his body and putting the parts in concrete-covered planters. Read more...

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February 12, 2014

Lib Washington Gov. Ends Death Penalty

Gov. Jay Inslee said he was suspending the use of the death penalty in Washington state, announcing a move that he hopes will enable officials to "join a growing national conversation about capital punishment." The Democrat said he came to the decision after months of review, meetings with family members of victims, prosecutors and law enforcement. Read more...

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February 06, 2014

Texas Executes Woman for 1998 Killing

A woman convicted of torturing and killing a mentally impaired man she lured to Texas with the promise of marriage was put to death Wednesday evening in a rare execution of a female prisoner. The lethal injection of Suzanne Basso, 59, made the New York native only the 14th woman executed in the U.S. since the Supreme Court in 1976 allowed capital punishment to resume. Almost 1,400 men have been put to death during that time. Read more...

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January 31, 2014

Justin Bierber Tested Positive

The toxicology report on the "Baby" singer's pee sample shows he had marijuana and prescription medication in his system during his alleged drag racing DUI in Miami Beach. The voluntary urine sample came back dirty for THC and Alprazolam, also known as Xanax, the source said. The results back up the police claim that a "talkative" and "cocky" Bieber admitted consuming pot, alcohol and prescription medication before getting behind the wheel of his loaner Lamborghini last week. Read more...


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January 30, 2014

Missouri Man Executed for 1991 Slaying

Missouri has executed a man who was convicted of killing a jeweler during a 1991 robbery. It was the state's third lethal injected in as many months. Herbert Smulls had been scheduled to die at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, but the U.S. Supreme Court issued a temporary stay late Tuesday. Wednesday saw numerous appeals from Smulls' attorney questioning the secretive nature of how the state obtains the execution drug, but all were denied. Read more...

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January 29, 2014

Missouri Execution Temporarily Stayed

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule Wednesday on two petitions regarding Missouri death row inmate Herbert Smulls, whose execution has been temporarily stayed. The order was sent out late Tuesday evening, about two-and-a-half hours before Smulls was scheduled to die at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday. Missouri statutes allow executions to occur at any time of the scheduled day. If the U.S. Supreme Court ultimately decides in favor of the state, the execution could occur later Wednesday. Read more...

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January 28, 2014

Oklahoma Sticks With Execution Drugs

Oklahoma has no plans to review its lethal injection protocol even though two inmates executed this month complained as the drugs began to flow through their bodies. Michael Lee Wilson, who was executed Jan. 9, said he felt his "whole body burning" within 20 seconds of receiving the injection. Kenneth Eugene Hogan, who was executed Thursday, complained of a metallic taste in his mouth seconds after his injection. Read more...

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Did Lawyer Coach Condemned Man?

An attorney for a condemned Ohio inmate whose slow, gasping execution with a new drug combination renewed criticism of the death penalty was temporarily suspended last week while officials investigated whether he had coached the condemned man to fake symptoms of suffocation. The Office of the Public Defender said Robert Lowe, one of the attorneys representing inmate Dennis McGuire, was back at work Monday after an internal review failed to substantiate the allegation. Read more...

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January 27, 2014

The Secrecy Behind Execution Drugs

The sharpest battles over capital punishment are being fought over the identity of the drugs officials seek to use in lethal injections, how those drugs are manufactured and obtained by executioners, and the obligations state officials have to share material information about the drugs with death-row inmates and the rest of the world. Late Friday, in a case out of Missouri, the Eighth U.S Circuit Court of Appeals rendered the most significant ruling yet to come out of these battles. Read more...

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January 24, 2014

Oklahoma Executes Man for 1988 Stabbing

An Oklahoma man has been executed for the 1988 stabbing death of an Oklahoma City woman who was a family friend. Prison officials say 52-year-old Kenneth Eugene Hogan received a lethal injection Thursday at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester for the murder of Lisa Stanley. It was the second execution in Oklahoma this month. Read more...

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January 23, 2014

Texas Executes Man Despite Opposition

A Mexican national was executed Wednesday night in Texas for killing a Houston police officer, despite pleas and diplomatic pressure from the Mexican government and the U.S. State Department to halt the punishment. Edgar Tamayo, 46, received a lethal injection for the January 1994 fatal shooting of Officer Guy Gaddis, 24. Asked by a warden if he had a final statement, he mumbled "no" and shook his head. Read more...

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Mexican National's Execution Delayed

The execution of a Mexican national was at least temporarily put on hold as the U.S. Supreme Court considered appeals to keep 46-year-old Edgar Tamayo from the Texas death chamber. Tamayo's execution had been scheduled for 6 p.m. CST Wednesday for the slaying 20 years ago of a Texas police officer, Guy Gaddis, 24. Read more...

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January 20, 2014

Wyoming Considers Firing Squads

A Wyoming lawmaker is pushing to allow use of the firing squad to execute condemned state inmates if constitutional problems or other issues ever prevented the state from using lethal injection. Sen. Bruce Burns, R-Sheridan, said Monday that state law currently calls for using a gas chamber if lethal injection is unavailable. Read more...

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January 17, 2014

Ohio Executes Convicted Killer

Dennis McGuire, who admitted to raping and killing a pregnant woman named Joy Stewart in 1989, was put to death in an Ohio prison Thursday morning. He was the first U.S. inmate to be executed using a new combination of drugs, midazolam and hydromorphone, which his attorneys had called an untested and inhumane method of capital punishment. Read more...

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January 14, 2014

Jodi Arias Gets New Trial Date

A new trial date has been set for the penalty phase for a woman convicted of killing her boyfriend in his Phoenix home. A judge set March 17 as the date a jury will decide whether or not Jodi Arias should be executed or face life in prison for her murder conviction. Read more...

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Judge Refuses to Stop Execution

A federal judge refused to block the Ohio execution of a convicted murderer and rapist who is sentenced to die by an untested lethal-injection cocktail later this week, even as he declared it an "experiment." Inmate Dennis McGuire's lawyers had argued that the combination of the sedative midozolam and painkiller hydropmorphone could leave to a painful and terrifying phenomenon called "air hunger" before he actually dies. Read more...

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January 08, 2014

Florida Executes Guard's Killer

The United States put to death its first inmate of the year in Florida, after a drop in executions during 2013. Askari Abdullah Muhammad, previously known as Thomas Knight, was convicted of abducting and killing a Miami couple in 1974 and fatally stabbing a prison guard six years later using a sharpened spoon. He appealed his conviction numerous times. Muhammad, 62, made no final statement. Read more...

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January 02, 2014

Ohio Killer to Get 2-Drug Shot

Ohio will use a dose of two drugs untried in the U.S. to put to death a condemned inmate who raped and killed a pregnant woman, according to a decision by the state prison system. The determination means the prisons agency was unable to obtain an unregulated batch of pentobarbital, the drug Ohio used until its manufacturer put it off limits for executions. The untested method: an intravenous combination of midazolam, a sedative, and hydromorphone, a painkiller. No state has put a prisoner to death with those drugs in any fashion. Read more...

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December 17, 2013

Jury Votes Death for Double Homicide

A California jury has recommended a death sentence for a man convicted of the murders of his ex-girlfriend's father and sister in a fiery 2007 attack on the family's home. Orange County jurors recommended the sentence for 29-year-old Iftekhar Murtaza. Prosecutors say Murtaza wanted to kill ex-girlfriend Shayona Dhanak's family to try to win her back after she ended their two-year relationship citing her Hindu family's opposition to her dating a Muslim. Read more...

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December 16, 2013

Florida Man, 21, Sentenced to Death

A 21-year-old man was sentenced to death in Florida for concocting what the judge called "the most cold, calculated and premeditated" case of murder he had seen. Michael Bargo was sentenced to death by Circuit Judge David Eddy in Marion County court for the brutally violent murder of 15-year-old Seath Jackson in an Ocala home by five teenagers. Authorities identified Bargo as the ringleader and said he was caught in a love triangle with the victim's ex-girlfriend. Read more...

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December 12, 2013

Oklahoma Executes Double Killer

Oklahoma executed a man who was convicted of killing two women one 83, the other 93. Ronald Clinton Lott, 53, was pronounced dead at 6:06 p.m. after receiving a lethal injection at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester. Lott was the fifth Oklahoma death row inmate to be executed this year. Read more...

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December 04, 2013

Texas Executes Guard's Killer

A Texas inmate was executed for the death of a corrections officer during a short-lived escape from prison six years ago. Jerry Martin, 43, had requested that no additional appeals be filed on his behalf, clearing the way for his lethal injection. From the death chamber gurney, Martin told relatives of the slain corrections officer that he was sorry. "I wish I could take it back, but I can't," he said. Read more...

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November 20, 2013

White Supremist Executed

A White Supremacist suspected of 22 murders in an attempt to start a race war has been executed in Missouri after stays by two federal judges were overturned. Joseph Paul Franklin died by lethal injection for the murder of Gerald Gordon outside a St. Louis synagogue in 1977. Read more...

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November 18, 2013

Man Gets Death in Babysitter's Murder

A Dallas-area man has been sentenced to death for killing his children's baby sitter to silence her in a pending rape case against him. A jury condemned Franklin Davis to death for the slaying of 16-year-old Shania Gray. The jury had found him guilty of capital murder. Davis admitted to luring Gray into his car outside her school last year, shooting her and dumping her body in a river. Read more...

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November 14, 2013

Ohio Delays Killer's Execution

Ohio's governor delayed a condemned child killer's execution to study the feasibility of accommodating the man's request to donate his organs. Gov. John Kasich's decision came less than 24 hours before Ronald Phillips was scheduled to die for the rape and death of his girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter in Akron in 1993. His lethal injection Thursday was to be the first time a new two-drug combination was tried in the U.S. Read more...

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Sam Hurd Sentenced for Drug Conspiracy

Former NFL wide receiver Sam Hurd was sentenced to 15 years in prison for his role in starting a drug-distribution scheme while playing for the Chicago Bears, completing a steep downfall that ended his football career and left his future in tatters. Hurd, 28, received the punishment in a federal courtroom in Dallas after pleading guilty in April to one count of trying to buy and distribute large amounts of cocaine and marijuana. The charge carried a minimum 10-year sentence. Read more...




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November 13, 2013

Florida Executes 1991 Killer

A man convicted in the 1991 sexual assault and murder of an aspiring artist in Orlando has been executed in Florida. Forty-year-old Darius Kimbrough was pronounced dead at 6:18 p.m. following an injection at the Florida State Prison in Starke, officials said. Kimbrough was condemned for the October 1991 killing of 28-year-old Denise Collins, who was attacked in her apartment as she slept. Read more...

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Texas Rapist and Killer Executed

Texas prison authorities have executed a convicted killer for abducting a young Houston couple, raping the woman and fatally stabbing the man in 1991. Jamie McCoskey received lethal injection evening at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Huntsville Unit. The 49-year-old McCoskey already was on a form of probation when he was arrested for the slaying of 21-year-old Michael Dwyer and the rape of Dwyer's pregnant fiance. Read more...

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November 11, 2013

Executions Stall as States Seek Drugs

Florida ran out of its primary lethal-injection drug last month and relied on a new drug that no state had ever used for an execution. At Ohio's next scheduled execution, the state is planning to use a two-drug combination for the first time. Last month in Texas, Michael Yowell became that state's first inmate executed using a drug made by a lightly regulated pharmacy that usually produces customized medications for individual patients. Read more...

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November 04, 2013

Death Row Killer Dies in Hospital

A man who was sentenced to death after he was convicted of killing seven people in a series of 1997 fast-food robberies in Tennessee has died at a Nashville hospital. The state Department of Corrections says 55-year-old Paul Dennis Reid died at Nashville General Hospital. Reid was sentenced to death for the 1997 slayings of seven fast-food workers, most of them teenagers. Read more...

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October 31, 2013

Ex-Death Row Inmate Exonerated

Three decades after being sentenced to death for the fatal stabbing of a fellow inmate, Reggie Griffin is officially a free man after a Missouri judge dismissed a murder charge against him. Griffin, 53, has been out of prison since December while awaiting a new trial in the 1983 fatal stabbing of Moberly inmate James Bausley. Randolph County prosecutor Mike Fusselman notified the court that he would no longer pursue that charge because there wasn't sufficient evidence to find him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Read more...

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October 16, 2013

Missouri Halts Propofol Execution

A state governor has halted a scheduled execution that would have used propofol, a widely used anesthetic, after European companies threatened to limit exportation of the drug to the U.S. if it is used for lethal injections. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon halted a scheduled Oct. 23 execution which would have been the first to use propofol. Read more...

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Fla. Executes Man for 1986 Murder

Florida has executed 51-year-old William Happ for the 1986 rape and strangulation of a woman he encountered by chance in a convenience store parking lot. Officials say Happ was pronounced dead at 6:16 p.m. at Florida State Prison in Starke. He was executed by injection. He had been convicted of the 1986 murder of 21-year-old Angie Crowley. She moved to South Florida from Oregon, Ill., just five months before her murder. Read more...

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October 15, 2013

Missouri Halts 1st Propofol Execution

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon halted what was to have been the first U.S. execution to use the popular anesthetic propofol, following threats from the European Union to limit the drug's export if it were used for that purpose. Nixon also ordered the Missouri Department of Corrections to come up with a different way to perform lethal injections without propofol, the leading anesthetic used in America's hospitals and clinics. Nearly 90 percent of the nation's propofol is imported from Europe. Read more...

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October 10, 2013

Killer Executed for 1978 Murder

The oldest man on Arizona's death row was executed this morning after 35 years in custody. Edward Schad, 71, was sentenced to death for the 1978 murder of Lorimer Grove, 74, who was found dead in underbrush by the side of a road south of Prescott. A month later, Schad was arrested in Salt Lake City; he had Grove's Cadillac and his credit cards. Read more...

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October 04, 2013

Death Penalty Sought in Drug Murders

Prosecutors will seek the death penalty for a man charged with killing four people in Cumberland County over a botched pot deal. 26-year-old Jacob Bennett and his girlfriend, 25-year-old Brittany Moser, pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and attempted robbery. Both defendants were in court, but they appeared separately. As the accused trigger-man, Bennett also faces four additional charges of premeditated murder. Read more...

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October 03, 2013

Texas Reveals Execution Drug's Origin

Texas prison officials disclosed Wednesday that they are using a compounding pharmacy to obtain the drug used during executions. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice released documents showing the purchase of eight vials of pentobarbital last month from a compounding pharmacy in suburban Houston. Such pharmacies custom-make drugs but aren't subject to federal scrutiny. Read more...

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October 02, 2013

Florida Executes Dancer's Killer

A former escort service owner convicted of killing two women in the 1980s has been executed in Florida for the death of one of those women, an exotic dancer. Forty-nine-year-old Marshall Lee Gore was pronounced dead following an injection at Florida State Prison, authorities said. He had spent 23 years on death row. Read more...

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September 27, 2013

Texas Man Executed for 1999 Murder

A South Texas man was put to death for a slaying 14 years ago in which the victim was bound with shoelaces and strips of bedding, stabbed 94 times and robbed of $50. The execution of Arturo Diaz, 37, was carried out after the U.S. Supreme Court refused a last-ditch appeal to block his lethal injection. It was the 13th execution this year in Texas, the nation's most active capital punishment state. Read more...

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September 26, 2013

Ohio Executes Double Murderer

A white gunman who spewed racial slurs before fatally shooting a black man and a police officer in a 1994 rampage that prosecutors called one of the worst Ohio has seen was executed with the state's last use of its execution drug. Harry Mitts Jr. asked the families of his victims to forgive him, saying he had carried the burden of his crimes with him for 19 years. "I had no business doing what I did," he said in a last statement to six witnesses representing his victims. Read more...

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September 20, 2013

Texas Executes Street Gang Member

A former South Texas street gang member was executed for his involvement in a gang ambush where four women were gunned down 11 years ago. Robert Gene Garza, 30, became the 12th condemned inmate executed this year in Texas, which carries out capital punishment more than any other state. Read more...

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September 18, 2013

Jury Votes Death for Serial Killer Naso

A California jury has voted to recommend the death penalty for a former photographer convicted of killing four women. Jurors deliberated almost four hours before deciding to recommend a death sentence for Joseph Naso, who was convicted of four murders between 1977 and 1994. Read more...

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Killer Mom Asks for Death Penalty

A woman charged with killing her 13-year-old autistic son and 9-year-old daughter in the midst of a custody dispute asked a judge for the death penalty during her first court appearance since her arrest. Looking disheveled, her head down and hands behind her back, 42-year-old Marilyn Edge appeared by video link for an arraignment on two counts of murder with special circumstances. Read more...

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September 17, 2013

Sky Ferreira Arrested for Drugs

Singer-model-actress Sky Ferreira and her boyfriend Zachary Smith Cole, frontman for Brooklyn indie darlings DIIV, were arrested in Saugerties, New York. The couple were charged with a number of offenses, including possession of ecstasy and heroin. Smith was pulled over after he "made several vehicle and traffic infractions." A registration check showed the license plates on the vehicle, a truck, were stolen and Smith was wanted on an outstanding vehicle and traffic warrant. While taking Smith into custody, officers found a plastic bag containing 42 decks of heroin. Read more...




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September 11, 2013

Oklahoma Executes Woman's Killer

An Oklahoma death row inmate convicted of first-degree murder in the 1979 shooting death of a 25-year-old Korean national has been executed. Sixty-one-year-old Anthony Rozelle Banks was pronounced dead Tuesday after he received a lethal injection of drugs at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester. Banks is the fourth Oklahoma death row inmate to be executed this year. Read more...

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September 04, 2013

Holmes' Lawyers Challenge Death Penalty

Attorneys for a man accused of killing 12 people and wounding 70 others in a Colorado theater shooting have filed 20 motions last week in an effort to try to save him from the death penalty. James Holmes' lawyers have launched a broad attack on the death penalty and how it is administered in Colorado. Read more...

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August 29, 2013

Fort Hood Shooter Sentenced to Death

A military jury sentenced Maj. Nidal Hasan to death for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, handing the Army psychiatrist the ultimate punishment after a trial in which he seemed to be courting martyrdom by making almost no effort to defend himself. The rare military death sentence came nearly four years after the attack that stunned even an Army hardened by more than a decade of constant war. Hasan walked into a medical building where soldiers were getting medical checkups, shouted "Allahu akbar" Arabic for "God is great!" and opened fire with a laser-sighted handgun. Thirteen people were killed. Read more...

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August 28, 2013

Jury Votes Death in Teen's Murder

A Florida jury recommended the death penalty for a man who lured a 15-year-old boy to an ambush in 2011 where he was shot, dismembered and incinerated in a fire pit. Michael Bargo, 21, was found guilty last week of first-degree murder for killing Seath Jackson whose remains were shoveled into paint cans and discarded in Summerfield, northwest of Orlando, according to court records. Bargo's co-defendants, who included two teenage girls, all admitted their roles in the killing and are serving life sentences in prison. Read more...

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August 15, 2013

Arias Death Penalty Still Option

The judge in Jodi Arias' murder case has denied a motion by defense attorneys to set aside the Arizona jury's determination that Arias killed her one-time lover in an "especially cruel" manner, a finding that made her eligible for the death penalty. Arias was convicted of first-degree murder May 8 in the stabbing and shooting death of Travis Alexander in his suburban Phoenix home. The same jury failed to reach a unanimous decision on her sentence. Her case is now in limbo as prosecutors decide whether to put on another penalty phase with a new jury in pursuit of the death penalty or settle for life in prison. Read more...

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August 06, 2013

Florida Executes Mass Murderer

A mass murderer who killed eight people in two incidents in the 1970s, and who was reportedly mentally ill, has been executed by the state of Florida. John Errol Ferguson died from a lethal injection at the state prison in Stark, Florida 30 years after his killing spree. The U.S. Supreme Court failed to grant a last-minute appeal by Ferguson's attorneys. Read more...

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August 05, 2013

Killer Set for Execution Found Hanged

A man condemned to death for fatally stabbing a neighbor during a Cleveland burglary apparently killed himself in his cell just days before his execution set for Wednesday. Billy Slagle, 44, was found hanging in his cell about 5 a.m. at the Chillicothe Correctional Institution south of Columbus, prison spokeswoman JoEllen Smith said. He was declared dead within the hour. Slagle was sentenced to die for the 1987 stabbing of Mari Anne Pope, who was killed while two young children she was watching were in the house. Read more...

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August 02, 2013

Texas Running Out of Execution Drug

The nation's most active death penalty state is running out of its execution drug. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice said Thursday that its remaining supply of pentobarbital expires in September and that no alternatives have been found. It wasn't immediately clear whether two executions scheduled for next month would be delayed. The state has already executed 11 death-row inmates this year, and at least seven more have execution dates in coming months. Read more...

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August 01, 2013

Texas Executes Road Rage Killer

Texas executed a man convicted of killing two truck drivers in a fit of road rage after one of the drivers pulled a truck in front of his motorcycle on the highway. Douglas Feldman, 55, was pronounced dead by lethal injection at a state prison in Huntsville, Texas, according to prison officials. Feldman was convicted of capital murder in 1999 for the shooting deaths of Robert Everett and Nick Velasquez, both 18-wheeler truck drivers who encountered Feldman on a highway north of Dallas in 1998. Read more...

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July 29, 2013

Obese Inmate Spared From Execution Dies

An obese Ohio inmate whose weight became an issue in his death penalty case has died months after being granted clemency. A state prisons spokeswoman says 53-year-old Ronald Post died at a prison hospital where he'd been treated on and off since 2011. Post was sentenced to death for killing Elyria motel clerk Helen Vantz on Dec. 15, 1983. His attorneys sought mercy for Post on grounds that he could not be executed humanely because he weighed 450 pounds. Read more...

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July 26, 2013

Man Who Killed 80-Year-Old Executed

Alabama executed a convicted murderer on Thursday who prisoners' rights groups said was mentally ill. Andrew Reid Lackey, 29, was put to death by lethal injection at Holman Prison in Atmore, Alabama, prison officials said. It was the state's first execution since 2011. Lackey was convicted of killing Charlie Newman, an 80-year-old World War Two veteran in Athens, Alabama. Read more...

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July 25, 2013

NY Cop Killer Gets Death

A New York City street gang member was sentenced to death in the execution-style slayings of two undercover police officers in 2003 the latest chapter in a case that's seen his original death sentence overturned, his behind-bars affair with a prison guard exposed and the massive cost of his defense questioned. It took a jury only about five hours to reach the decision in federal court in Brooklyn in the case against Ronell Wilson. Read more...

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July 19, 2013

Texas Executes Former Texas Tech Grad

A former Texas Tech graduate student convicted of a double slaying a dozen years ago has been executed. Vaughn Ross received lethal injection Thursday evening for the January 2001 fatal shootings of an 18-year-old woman with whom he had been feuding and an associate dean at the university in Lubbock who was with her. Ross, from St. Louis, came to Texas Tech for graduate work in architecture. He was convicted of killing his girlfriend's sister, Viola Ross McVade, and 53-year-old Douglas Birdsall. Read more...

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Judge Stays Planned Georgia Execution

A judge has granted Georgia inmate Warren Lee Hill a stay of execution, but lawyers for the state plan to immediately appeal to the state's Supreme Court. Hill had been scheduled to die by lethal injection Friday for the 1990 killing of a fellow inmate. But Superior Court Judge Gail Tusan issued an injunction blocking that, which could be overturned on appeal. Read more...

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July 04, 2013

Missouri Ponders Gas Chamber

With drugs needed for lethal injection in short supply and courts wrangling over how to execute prisoners without them, Missouri's attorney general is floating one possible solution: Bring back the gas chamber. In court filings and interviews this week, Attorney General Chris Koster noted that Missouri statutes allow two options for executions: lethal injection and death by gas. Koster's comments come amid his growing frustration over the Missouri Supreme Court's refusal to set execution dates until lethal injection issues are resolved. Read more...

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June 27, 2013

Arias Seeks to Vacate Death Eligibility

Jodi Arias' attorneys have asked a judge to vacate the jury's decision in her murder trial that the 2008 killing of her boyfriend was "especially cruel" -- a finding that allowed the panel to consider the death penalty. Defense attorneys argue in the motion that the definition of "especially cruel" is too vague for jurors with no legal experience to determine what makes one killing more cruel or heinous than another. The filing also appears to challenge a landmark 2002 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that found a defendant has the right to have a jury, rather than a judge, decide on the existence of an aggravating factor that makes the defendant eligible for capital punishment. Read more...

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Texas Carries Out Its 500th Execution

Texas marked a solemn moment in criminal justice, executing its 500th inmate since it resumed carrying out capital punishment in 1982. Kimberly McCarthy, who was put to death for the murder of her 71-year-old neighbor, was also the first woman executed in the U.S. in nearly three years. McCarthy, 52, was executed for the 1997 robbery, beating and fatal stabbing of retired college psychology professor Dorothy Booth. Read more...

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June 26, 2013

Man Executed for 2001 Murder

A man convicted of raping and murdering his girlfriend's mother in 2001 was put to death in Oklahoma Tuesday, despite a recommendation by Oklahoma's pardon and parole board to commute his death sentence after he apologized. Brian Darrell Davis, 39, received a lethal injection at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester. Davis was the third inmate to be executed by Oklahoma this year and the second in as many weeks. Davis was pronounced dead at 6:25 p.m. CDT. Read more...

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June 17, 2013

Sister Publishes Death Row Diary

Not much is written in the way of obituaries for people who are put to death. They are convicted criminals; many are guilty of unspeakable cruelty. We hear of death row cases when controversy swirls about a prisoner's guilt, as was the case of Troy Davis, the Georgia man executed in 2011 despite the recanting of numerous witnesses whose testimony helped convict him. Or when a crime is so heinous that it gains notoriety for the perpetrator, such as serial killer Ted Bundy, who confessed to 30 murders. William Van Poyck's story was known for another reason. Read more...

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June 13, 2013

Prosecutors to Pursue Death for Arias

Authorities plan to try again to secure the death penalty for convicted murderer Jodi Arias after jurors in her trial deadlocked last month on a sentence. Arias was convicted of murder May 8 in the 2008 killing of boyfriend Travis Alexander at his suburban Phoenix home. Read more...

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Texas Executes Killer of 5

A Texas man who confessed to killing five people during a six-month crime spree in 1998 has been executed. Elroy Chester received lethal injection in Huntsville for the fatal shooting of Port Arthur firefighter Willie Ryman III. The 38-year-old Ryman interrupted Chester as he sexually assaulted Ryman's two teenage nieces during a break-in at their home 15 years ago. Chester was on probation at the time, was arrested soon after and subsequently pleaded guilty to Ryman's slaying. Read more...

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Florida Man Executed for Guard's Murder

A man who orchestrated a prison van ambush in 1987 in an attempt to free a prisoner has been executed. William Van Poyck died by injection at the Florida State Prison. The 58-year-old was convicted of murdering prison guard Fred Griffis. His case garnered international attention because Van Poyck published three books and maintained a blog while on death row. Read more...

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May 31, 2013

What's Next for Jodi Arias?

The top prosecutor in Phoenix says he's confident an impartial jury can be seated to determine the punishment for Jodi Arias if his office doesn't reach a deal to end the case first. Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery discussed the next steps for the Arias case at a news conference Thursday. A jury convicted her of murder but was unable to reach a verdict on whether she should be sentenced to life in prison or the death penalty for the killing of Travis Alexander. Read more...

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May 30, 2013

Florida Child Molester Executed

A convicted child molester condemned for the 1990 rape and murder of a 10-year-old Florida girl has been executed at the Florida State Prison. Florida Gov. Rick Scott's office said 56-year-old inmate Elmer Carroll was pronounced dead at 6:12 p.m. Wednesday at the prison in Starke. Carroll had been convicted of first-degree murder and sexual battery in the rape and strangling death of Christine McGowan. The girl lived with her family next door to a halfway house for homeless men where Carroll was staying in Apopka. Read more...

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May 24, 2013

Father Gets Death for Drowning Sons

A father who told two of his sons to pretend they were swimming as he drowned them in a Dallas-area creek was sentenced to death. Jurors took less than 10 minutes to convict Naim Rasool Muhammad last week after hearing testimony from the mother of the two drowned boys, 5-year-old Naim and 3-year-old Elijah. They also watched a video of Muhammad, 34, describing the killings to a police detective. Read more...

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May 23, 2013

Killer's Execution Delayed Indefinitely

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper indefinitely delayed the execution of convicted killer Nathan Dunlap on Wednesday and said he was unlikely to allow it as long as he is governor. Hickenlooper said he had doubts about the fairness of Colorado's death penalty system and about the state's ability to get the lethal drugs required for an execution. Dunlap, 38, was convicted and sentenced to die in 1996 for the ambush slayings of four people in a Denver-area restaurant. Read more...

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May 16, 2013

Texas Executes Cop Killer

A 37-year-old Houston man convicted of killing a police officer 14 years ago has been put to death. Jeffrey Demond Williams' execution came just over an hour after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a last-day appeal from his attorneys. Lawyers contended Williams had been failed by previous attorneys at his trial and in early stages of his appeals. Williams was convicted of fatally shooting 39-year-old Houston officer Troy Blando while Blando was handcuffing him. Read more...

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Jodi Arias Eligible for Death Penalty

The Phoenix jury that convicted Jodi Arias of first-degree murder last week needed only a few hours Wednesday to decide that her conduct was so extreme that it could merit the death penalty. Jurors announced that they had found that Arias had been "especially cruel" in killing Travis Alexander in 2008. That would constitute an aggravating factor that Arizona law says could justify the death penalty. The jury will return to court to hear new testimony and arguments as it begins deciding whether Arias should die or should spend the rest of her life in prison. Read more...

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Exonerated Inmates Protest New Florida Law

Seth Penalver and Herman Lindsey are no longer on Florida's death row, but they are fighting for those who still are. Penalver and Lindsey, two of Florida's death row exonerees, held a press conference asking Florida Gov. Rick Scott to veto a death penalty bill recently passed by the state legislature. If the bill is signed into law, 13 people could be executed in Florida this year. The bill, referred to as the "Timely Justice Act," limits the appeals process and speeds up state executions. Read more...

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Inmate Gets Death in Killing of Guard

A 54-year-old inmate was sentenced to death for killing a Washington state corrections officer in a prison chapel two years ago. Byron Scherf is a convicted rapist who already was serving life in prison when he attacked and strangled Officer Jayme Biendl in January 2011. A Snohomish County Superior Court jury took about an hour to convict him of aggravated murder last Thursday, and the same jury sentenced him to death. Read more...

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May 10, 2013

Arias Penalty Hearing Postponed

The next phase of the Jodi Arias murder trial was postponed and will continue next week. Court officials didn't provide a reason for the delay. The trial will resume Wednesday. The jury was scheduled to return to the courtroom to decide whether Arias should be eligible for the death penalty for killing her one-time boyfriend on June 4, 2008. Read more...

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May 09, 2013

Jody Arias Found Guilty

After deliberating for almost three full days, an Arizona jury has returned a guilty verdict in a lurid murder trial that attracted national attention via tabloid coverage and cable television. Jodi Arias was found guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting and stabbing death of her lover Travis Alexander on June 4, 2008. The jury briefly began deliberations late Friday afternoon and reached a verdict late Wednesday morning. Read more...

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Jodi Arias: I Prefer a Death Sentence

Jodi Arias, convicted of first-degree murder of her on-and-off lover, says she was surprised by the jury's verdict and hopes for the death penalty over life in prison. The jury that found her guilty of killing Travis Alexander now faces a decision on whether she deserves execution or a life term in prison. Read more...

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May 08, 2013

Man Sentenced to Death in Courthouse Killing

A Houston man who admitted opening fire on his daughter outside a Southeast Texas courthouse was sentenced to death for fatally shooting a 79-year-old bystander. Bartholomew Granger, 42, was convicted last week of capital murder in the slaying of Minnie Ray Sebolt. The same jurors who found him guilty deliberated for a little less than two hours before deciding on the death penalty. Granger testified that he opened fire on his daughter outside the courthouse in downtown Beaumont in March 2012 but insisted he did not kill Sebolt. She was a bystander walking outside the courthouse, where Granger's daughter had testified against him in a sexual assault case. The daughter and her mother were among three women wounded in the attack. Read more...

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Mississippi Court Blocks Scheduled Execution

The Mississippi Supreme Court has indefinitely delayed a scheduled execution of an inmate convicted of the 1992 slayings of two college students. Willie Jerome Manning had been set to die by injection shortly after 6 p.m. CDT Tuesday at the state prison in Parchman. The court said the execution should be delayed until it rules further on the case. Manning's lawyers had claimed DNA evidence would clear him of the killings. Read more...

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Texas Executes Carroll Joe Parr

A Texas death row inmate convicted of killing a fellow drug dealer while robbing him outside of a Waco convenience store 10 years ago was executed Tuesday evening. In the seconds before being injected with a lethal dose of pentobarbital, Carroll Joe Parr told the wife of his victim that she should talk to her brother and that he would "tell you the truth about what happened to your husband." Read more...

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May 03, 2013

Maryland Repeals Death Penalty

Opponents of capital punishment marked a milestone as Maryland became the first state south of the Mason-Dixon line to abolish the death penalty in nearly 50 years, joining only West Virginia. The passage was a significant victory for Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Roman Catholic who opposes capital punishment and is considering seeking the 2016 presidential nomination. Death penalty opponents said the governor helped maintain the national momentum of repeal efforts by making Maryland the sixth state in as many years to abolish capital punishment. Read more...

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May 02, 2013

Victim's Family Watches Killer's Execution

A man convicted of killing a 6-month-old as he raped her was executed Wednesday despite his arguments that he never meant to hurt her. Steve Smith, 46, was executed by lethal injection for the September 1998 killing of his live-in girlfriend's daughter, Autumn Carter, in Mansfield in northern Ohio. Smith had recently tried to get his sentence reduced to life in prison, arguing that he was too drunk to realize that his assault was killing Autumn and didn't mean to hurt the baby. Read more...

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April 26, 2013

Texas Executes Man Convicted in Shotgun Slaying

A Texas inmate has been executed for fatally shooting one of three people he and a partner abducted during a convenience store robbery nearly 11 years ago. Twenty-nine-year-old Richard Cobb received lethal injection for using a 20-gauge shotgun to kill Kenneth Vandever in an East Texas field where two women also were shot and one was raped. The punishment was carried out after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a last-day appeal. Read more...

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April 17, 2013

Man Executed for Killing of Teen

A North Texas man convicted in the fatal shooting of a teenager during a carjacking outside a nightclub 12 years ago has been executed. Forty-year-old Ronnie Threadgill received lethal injection in Huntsville less than two hours after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a last-day appeal. Threadgill expressed love to friends and supporters and said he was "going to a better place." Read more...

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April 11, 2013

Ohio Rejects Mercy for Child Killer

The Ohio Parole Board has recommended against mercy for a condemned killer who says he intended to rape his girlfriend's 6-month-old daughter but not to kill her. Attorneys for death row inmate Steven Smith say evidence shows the baby died because Smith was too drunk to realize his sexual assault was killing the child. The Ohio Parole Board turned down Smith's request for clemency, which included the argument that a death sentence must involve an intent to kill. Read more...

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April 10, 2013

Texas Executes Longtime Criminal

A Texas convict with a lengthy criminal history has been executed for fatally shooting a man and raping the slain man's fiancee. Fifty-year-old Rickey Lynn Lewis received a lethal injection for the murder of 45-year-old George Newman more than 22 years ago. Newman's slaying and the rape of Newman's fiancee took place at their home in a rural area of Smith County, about 90 miles east of Dallas. Read more...

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April 05, 2013

Ohio Gets Death for Craigslist Plot

A self-styled street preacher was sentenced to death in the killings of three down-and-out men lured by bogus job offers posted on Craigslist. The jury that convicted Richard Beasley of murder recommended that he face execution. The judge had the option of reducing the sentence to life in prison. Beasley, 53, was convicted of teaming up with a teenager in 2011 to use the promise of jobs on a southeast Ohio farm to lure them into robberies. Three men were killed, and a fourth who was wounded testified at Beasley's trial. Read more...

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April 02, 2013

Theater Shooter Facing Death Penalty

Rejecting a guilty plea offer from the accused, Colorado prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty for the 25-year-old man who killed 12 people at an Aurora movie theater in July. James Holmes has been charged with 24 counts of first-degree murder in connection with the shooting during a Batman movie. For each victim, Holmes is charged with one count of premeditated murder and one count of murder with extreme indifference to the value of human life. Read more...

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March 29, 2013

Prosecutors Reject Theater Shooting Deal

Prosecutors in the Colorado theater shooting rejected an offer from suspect James Holmes to plead guilty in exchange for avoiding the death penalty and accused defense lawyers of a serious breach of court rules by making the offer public. In a scathing court document, prosecutors said the defense has repeatedly refused to give them the information they need to evaluate the plea offer, so the offer can't be considered genuine. No plea agreement exists, prosecutors said, and one "is extremely unlikely based on the present information available to the prosecution." Read more...

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March 21, 2013

Jury Votes Death for Craigslist Killer

A jury recommended the death penalty for a self-styled street preacher convicted of killing three down-and-out men lured by bogus Craigslist job offers. The same jury that convicted Richard Beasley made its recommendation after hearing from his mother and other witnesses who testified on his behalf in the penalty phase of his trial. The judge set his sentencing for Tuesday. Victims' relatives hugged as the recommendation was announced. Beasley hung his head without moving, and his mother sobbed. Read more...

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'Texas 7' Escape Member Loses Appeal

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals rejected an appeal from Randy Halprin, one of the remaining "Texas 7" gang members on death row. The seven escaped from the Connally Unit prison, about 60 miles southeast of San Antonio, in December 2000 and two weeks later were involved in a sporting goods store robbery in which a police officer was killed on Christmas Eve. Halprin, then 23, was the youngest member of the gang and is one of four still on death row. He does not yet have an execution date set. Read more...

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March 15, 2013

Death Row Mom's Convictions Overturned

The convictions and death sentence of Debbie Milke -- who's been on death row in Arizona for more than two decades in her son's murder -- have been overturned by a federal appeals court. Milke's 4-year-old son, Christopher, went "missing" in December 1989 after a friend and a roommate took the boy "to see Santa" at the Metrocenter mall. Instead, her roommate Jim Styers and his buddy Roger Scott took the boy out to a wash near 99th Avenue and Happy Valley Road and shot him three times in the head. Read more...

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March 13, 2013

Man Convicted of 3 Murders Executed

A man convicted of committing three murders in three states during a 10-day rampage was executed in Oklahoma for one of the murders, the 1999 death of a woman whose credit cards he used to buy Christmas presents for his family. Steven Ray Thacker, 42, used his final statement to apologize to his victims' families and friends, several of whom witnessed his execution from an adjacent room at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester. Read more...

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March 01, 2013

Ohio Governor Rejects Clemency for Killer

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has rejected a plea for mercy from a condemned killer scheduled to be executed next week for fatally shooting an adult bookstore security guard. Kasich followed the state parole board's recommendation in rejecting the clemency request of Frederick Treesh. Treesh is scheduled to be executed Wednesday for fatally shooting 58-year-old Henry Dupree during an August 1994 robbery in Eastlake. Read more...

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February 22, 2013

Man Who Burned Girlfriend Executed

The state of Texas executed a man convicted of killing his former girlfriend in 1994 by dousing her with gasoline and setting her on fire. Carl Henry Blue, 48, was put to death by lethal injection at the state penitentiary at Huntsville, said the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. He was pronounced dead at 6:56 p.m. local time. Blue was convicted of killing ex-girlfriend Carmen Richards-Sanders, 38, in her apartment in Bryan, Texas, as she was getting ready to leave for work. Read more...

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February 20, 2013

Georgia Inmate Gets Execution Stay

Condemned killer Warren Lee Hill, whose mental retardation claims have attracted international attention, was spared execution Tuesday night with less than an hour to go before he was to be put to death. Hill had already been given a sedative to prepare for his lethal injection, shortly after the state parole board declined to commute Hill's capital sentence and after the Georgia Supreme Court rejected his final appeal. Even the U.S. Supreme Court declined to issue a stay, which could be a sign that his chances are slim of avoiding another scheduled execution. Read more...

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February 11, 2013

Charlotte Man Could Face Death Penalty

Andre Hampton, accused of beating his 23-month-old son to death in 2008, faces a possible death sentence when he goes on trial for murder. Hampton, 26, is charged with first-degree murder in the killing of Ellijah Burger at a west Charlotte motel. Mecklenburg prosecutors announced two years ago that they would seek the death penalty against Hampton and two other men in 2012. Read more...

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February 09, 2013

Parole Board Rejects Clemency for Ohio Killer

The Ohio parole board has unanimously rejected a plea for mercy from a condemned man who fatally shot an adult bookstore security guard in northeast Ohio. The board's recommendation against clemency comes just under a month before Frederick Treesh's scheduled execution March 6. Treesh was sentenced to die for shooting 58-year-old Henry Dupree during a robbery in Eastlake on Aug. 27, 1994. Read more...

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February 01, 2013

Killer Asks Parole Board for Mercy

Lawyers for a condemned man who fatally shot an adult bookstore security guard at the end of a multistate crime spree asked Ohio's parole board Thursday to recommend mercy, saying he accepts responsibility for what happened but that it was an unintentional consequence of a struggle for a gun while he was high. The request by 48-year-old Frederick Treesh comes a little more than a month ahead of his scheduled March 6 execution. Read more...

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January 30, 2013

Judge Postpones Texas Woman's Execution

A Dallas judge has halted the scheduled Tuesday night execution of a Texas woman who would have been the first woman put to death in the U.S. in three years. The order from state District Judge Larry Mitchell moves the execution of Kimberly McCarthy, 51, to April 3. McCarthy faced lethal injection for the 1997 beating, stabbing and robbery of a 71-year-old neighbor in Lancaster, about 15 miles south of Dallas. Read more...

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January 24, 2013

Man, 19, Charged With Capital Murder

A 19-year-old man has been arrested in the death of a Houston property owner who officials said was the target of a robbery. Vicente Matta has been charged with capital murder in the death of Al Dehghani, 62. Dehghani was found on Jan. 8 by relatives inside a southeast Houston home he owned in the 5400 block of Malmedy. He owned several rent homes in the Houston area. He had last been seen leaving his home the day before, police said. Read more...

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January 17, 2013

Robert Gleason Executed in Virginia

A man who strangled his prison cellmate and made good on a vow to continue killing if he wasn't executed has been put to death in Virginia's electric chair. Robert Gleason Jr. was pronounced dead by authorities at 9:08 p.m. Wednesday at the Greensville Correctional Center. The 42-year-old inmate was the first executed in the U.S. this year and the first to choose to die by electrocution since 2010. In Virginia and nine other states, inmates can choose between electrocution and lethal injection. Read more...

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January 16, 2013

Kerry Kennedy Wants DUI Dismissed

An attorney for Kerry Kennedy, ex-wife of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, said that he will file a motion to dismiss the drugged driving charge against her. Kennedy, daughter of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and niece of President John F. Kennedy, appeared in North Castle Town Court for a conference that lasted about two minutes. The judge set a schedule for various court filings, including a March 1 deadline for defense motions. Kennedy was arrested July 13 after police said her Lexus swerved into a tractor-trailer on Interstate 684 in North Castle. Police said she failed sobriety tests and was slurring her speech. Read more...

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December 12, 2012

'Death Row Romeo' Executed

A former police officer who murdered nine people during a 1986 crime spree was executed after his attorneys' last-minute appeals were rejected. Manuel Pardo, 56, was pronounced dead at Florida State Prison at 7:47 p.m., about 16 minutes after the lethal injection process began. His attorneys had tried to block the execution by arguing that he was mentally ill, but federal courts declined to intercede. Read more...

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December 06, 2012

Arizona Executes Man Who Killed Two Teens

An inmate was executed Wednesday after being convicted of murdering two 13-year-old girls in a ghost town where they were raped, strangled and stabbed before being dumped in a partly flooded mine shaft. Richard Dale Stokley, 60, was put to death at a prison in Florence two decades after he and another man were convicted of murdering Mandy Meyers and Mary Snyder in 1991 in rural Cochise County. Read more...

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Obese Death Row Inmate Fights Execution

Lawyers for Ohio death row inmate Ronald Post say he is so fat that his executioners won't be able to find veins in his arms and legs for the lethal injection. They say Post might even break the death chamber gurney. Post is trying to stave off execution Jan. 16 for the 1983 shooting death of a motel clerk during a robbery. The state of Ohio says he can be humanely executed. Read more...

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December 05, 2012

Oklahoma Executes George Ochoa

An Oklahoma death row inmate was executed for the 1993 shooting deaths of an Oklahoma City couple. George Ochoa, 38, was given an injection of lethal drugs at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary at McAlester less than a month after the state Pardon and Parole Board rejected Ochoa's request that it recommend Gov. Mary Fallin reduce his death sentence to life in prison. Read more...

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November 16, 2012

Texas Man Executed for Killing Cousins

Convicted killer Preston Hughes III was executed for the fatal stabbing of a 3-year-old boy and the child's teenage cousin who uttered her attacker's first name to police in her dying breaths 24 years ago in Houston. Hughes, 46, insisted he was innocent, contending police planted evidence and coerced his confessions to the September 1988 slayings of Shandra Charles, 15, and her cousin Marcell Taylor. Read more...

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November 15, 2012

Sex Offender Put to Death for 2001 Murder

A registered sex offender was put to death for the rape, robbery and slaying of a woman abducted from a San Antonio bus stop 11 years ago. Ramon Torres Hernandez was one of three people convicted in the killing of Rosa Maria Rosado, 37, who was pulled into a car Hernandez was driving after she refused to let go of her purse during a drive-by robbery. Read more...

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November 14, 2012

Ohio Executes Brett Hartman for 1997 Murder

Ohio executed a condemned killer who claimed he was innocent of stabbing a woman 138 times, slitting her throat and cutting off her hands. "I'm good, let's roll," Brett Hartman said in his final words. He then smiled in the direction of his sister and repeatedly gave her, a friend and his attorney a "thumbs up" with his left hand. He then said something inaudible to warden Donald Morgan, who didn't respond. Read more...

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November 10, 2012

Man Executed for 2002 Break-In Slaying

A man described as a fledgling serial killer by prosecutors was executed Thursday in Texas for a woman's slaying during a break-in at her home a decade ago. Mario Swain, 33, received a lethal injection for killing Lola Nixon at her home in East Texas' Longview two days after Christmas in 2002. When asked by a warden if he had a final statement before his punishment, the condemned prisoner shook his head, closed his eyes and took several barely audible breaths. Read more...

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November 07, 2012

Inmate Who Claimed He Was Insane Executed

An Oklahoma inmate who was convicted of the 1986 murder of his fiancee was executed despite claims that he was insane and ineligible for the death penalty. Garry Thomas Allen, 56, was given a lethal injection at the state penitentiary in McAlester for fatally shooting 24-year-old Lawanna Gail Titsworth, outside an Oklahoma City day care. Allen was declared dead at 6:10 p.m., according to Jerry Massie, spokesman for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. Read more...

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November 01, 2012

Texas Executes Louisiana Ex-Con

Donnie Lee Roberts, convicted in his girlfriend's 2003 slaying in Texas, was executed for fatally shooting the woman and taking items from her home to sell or trade to support his drug habit. Roberts, 41, became the 12th inmate to be put to death this year in the nation's most active capital punishment state. He was given a lethal injection for the killing of Vicki Bowen at her East Texas home. Read more...

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October 31, 2012

S. Dakota Executes Man for 1990 Rape

A South Dakota inmate has been executed for the 1990 rape and murder of a 9-year-old girl who disappeared after leaving her home to buy sugar for lemonade. Sixty-year-old Donald Moeller received a lethal injection at the state penitentiary in Sioux Falls, marking the state's second execution this month. Moeller kidnapped Becky O'Connell from a Sioux Falls convenience store in May 1990, then raped and stabbed her. Her naked body was found the next day near the Big Sioux River. Read more...
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October 30, 2012

Court Overturns Inmate's Death Penalty

A federal appeals court overturned the death sentence of California's longest serving death row inmate on the grounds that his defense lawyer failed to investigate and present mitigating evidence during the penalty phase of his murder trial. A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals decided 2-1 that Douglas R. Stankewitz, convicted of murdering Theresa Greybeal in Fresno in 1978, should be re-sentenced to life without possibility of parole unless prosecutors retry the penalty phase of his murder case. Read more...

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October 25, 2012

Family Seeks Pardon for Executed Man

The family of a man executed for the deaths of his three daughters in an arson fire, based on what scientists now say was faulty evidence, petitioned the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles on Wednesday to formally review the case. Lawyers for Cameron Todd Willingham's stepmother and cousins submitted thousands of pages of documents they say rebut all the evidence presented at Willingham's trial and asked the board to issue a posthumous pardon. The board meets Thursday and had no immediate comment on the case. Read more...

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Texas Executes Convicted Killer for 1991 Murder

Convicted killer Bobby Lee Hines was executed for strangling and repeatedly stabbing a suburban Dallas woman at her apartment 21 years ago. Hines, 40, was 19 and on probation for burglary when he stabbed 26-year-old Michelle Wendy Haupt 18 times and strangled her with a cord. Haupt had moved from the Pittsburgh area to Carrollton to work at a computer company in Dallas, and Hines was staying next door with a maintenance man for her apartment complex. Read more...

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October 24, 2012

Appeals Court Stays Execution of Schizophrenic

An 11th hour decision by a federal appeals court has blocked the scheduled execution of a mass killer convicted of eight slayings that jolted South Florida in the 1970s. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted a last-minute request Tuesday night from attorneys for 64-year-old John Errol Ferguson, who has been on Florida's death row for 34 years. Ferguson's lawyers contend he should not be executed because he suffers from severe mental illness. Read more...

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October 17, 2012

Man Who Killed Pastor Sentenced to Death

A man convicted of capital murder in the strangulation death of a pastor in a north Texas church was sentenced to death. A jury in state District Judge Mike Thomas' court deliberated for about 90 minutes before deciding on the sentence for Steven Lawayne Nelson, 25, of Arlington, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Nelson faced either the death penalty or life in prison without parole for killing the Rev. Clint Dobson at his Baptist church in Arlington in March 2011. Dobson was beaten, strangled with a computer extension cord and suffocated with a plastic bag. A church secretary was also brutally beaten and left for dead but survived. Read more...

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October 16, 2012

South Dakota Executes Guard Killer

A South Dakota man who beat a prison guard with a pipe and covered his head in plastic wrap to kill him during a failed escape attempt was put to death Monday, in the state's first execution since 2007. Eric Robert, 50, received lethal injection and was pronounced dead at the state penitentiary in Sioux Falls. He is the first South Dakota inmate to die under the state's new single-drug lethal injection method, and only the 17th person to be executed in the state or Dakota Territory since 1877. Read more...

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October 11, 2012

Inmate Executed for Killing 12-Year-Old

A Texas man whose lawyers argued was mentally ill and incompetent for execution was put to death for killing a 12-year-old girl more than a decade ago. Jonathan Green, 44, received lethal injection after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected last-day appeals to spare him. A judge earlier this week stopped the punishment, but an appeals court overturned the reprieve. Then 11th-hour appeals delayed the punishment nearly five hours past the initial 6 p.m. execution time and as the midnight expiration of the death warrant neared. Read more...

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October 05, 2012

Man Gets Death for Game Warden's Murder

A man convicted of killing a Pennsylvania game warden during a poaching investigation has been sentenced to death. An Adams County jury issued its verdict in the penalty phase of Christopher Johnson's trial Thursday night. Jurors had been deciding between giving Johnson life in prison or death in the 2010 killing of wildlife conservation officer David Grove. Read more...

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October 01, 2012

Pennsylvania Judge Halts Execution

A Philadelphia judge has halted the scheduled execution of death-row inmate Terrance "Terry" Williams and granted him a new sentencing hearing. Judge M. Teresa Sarmina said Friday prosecutors suppressed evidence that Williams' victim was an alleged pedophile who abused boys, including Williams. However, Sarmina upheld Williams' first-degree murder conviction. Read more...

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September 26, 2012

Man Who Received Three Stays Executed

Texas executed a man who had received three stays of execution from the U.S. Supreme Court because of questions about how forcefully his lawyers defended him. Cleve Foster, 48, was convicted with an accomplice in the 2002 murder and rape of Nyanuer "Mary" Pal, whose naked body was found in a ditch, according to a report by the Texas Attorney General's office. Read more...

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September 21, 2012

Ohio, Texas Execute Convicted Killers

A Texas man convicted of killing former co-workers at a car wash in 2000 was executed on Thursday, hours after the execution in Ohio of a man convicted of a 1989 double murder. The lethal injections of Robert Wayne Harris in Texas and Donald Palmer in Ohio brought the number of executions in the United States this year to 29. Prosecutors in Texas said Harris, 40, shot six employees, five fatally at close range, after forcing them to the floor during a robbery at the Mi-T-Fine Car Wash in Irving, Texas, on March 20, 2000. Harris was convicted in two of the deaths. Read more...

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September 18, 2012

Former Death Row Inmate Charged in Killing

Joseph Green Brown refused to run from his troubled past. He'd tell audiences he was only hours from being executed on Florida's death row. He'd talk about how an appeals court overturned his rape and murder convictions in 1986 and how he walked out of prison a free man -- with a goal of ending the death penalty. Now Brown is back in jail, this time facing first-degree murder charges in the death of the woman he married 20 years ago, Mamie Caldwell Brown of Charlotte. Read more...

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Board Rejects Clemency in Murder Case

A Pennsylvania man on death row for the murder of his alleged sexual abuser failed to win clemency from the state Board of Pardons. Terrance "Terry" Williams, 46, is scheduled to be executed on Oct. 3. He is on death row at the State Correctional Institute at Greene in Pennsylvania for killing 56-year-old Amos Norwood with a tire iron in Philadelphia in 1984. Williams was 18 years old at the time of the murder. Defense lawyer Victor J. Abreu has said Williams' crimes were mitigated by the sexual abuse he experienced in his childhood. Norwood was allegedly one of his attackers. Read more...

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Inmate Claims He's Too Obese for Execution

A condemned Ohio inmate who weighs at least 480 pounds wants his upcoming execution delayed, saying his weight could lead to a "torturous and lingering death." Ronald Post, who shot and killed a hotel clerk in northern Ohio almost 30 years ago, said his weight, vein access, scar tissue and other medical problems raise the likelihood his executioners would encounter severe problems. He's also so big that the execution gurney might not hold him, lawyers for Post said. Read more...

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September 07, 2012

Mother Raises $4G to See Killer Executed

Thanks to friends and strangers who helped her raise $4,000, Tina Curl is going on a grim road trip to witness the execution of the man who raped and killed her 9-year-old daughter some 22 years ago. Curl, who lives in the upstate New York community of Lake Luzerne, plans to drive to South Dakota to see justice done to Donald Moeller. The 60-year-old Moeller has been in prison for more than two decades as his case wound through the courts. He was convicted of murdering Becky O'Connell in 1992, but won a new trial at which he was again convicted. He was sentenced to death in 1997, and a judge ruled in July the execution must be carried out between Oct. 28 and Nov. 3. Read more...

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September 06, 2012

5 Inmates Challenging Death Penalty

Connecticut's top prosecutor testified the state had no written policies on when to seek the death penalty but that state law provided enough guidance. Chief State's Attorney Kevin Kane was the first witness to take the stand in a trial involving five death row inmates who say prosecutors' decision-making process in death penalty cases has been arbitrary and fraught with racial and geographical biases. The inmates are suing the state and seeking to have their death sentences overturned. Read more...

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September 05, 2012

Mom of Slain Girl to Attend Killer's Execution

A woman whose 9-year-old daughter was kidnapped, raped and slashed to death 22 years ago in South Dakota says she's raised enough money to attend the convicted killer's execution. Tina Curl moved to Lake Luzerne, N.Y., shortly after Becky O'Connell's death in May 1990. Curl and her husband, Dave, say they needed help raising funds for the trip because they're surviving on $720-a-month disability checks. Curl says publicity of her predicament brought in more than the needed $4,000, with donations from as far away as Chicago and Alaska. Read more...

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September 03, 2012

Death Row Murderer Leads Police to Remains

A convicted killer has been allowed to leave his death row cell to help lead police to the remains of victims of his killing spree decades ago. Convicted murderer Wesley Shermantine was released recently from California's San Quentin State Prison to help investigators locate more victims near his family's property in the town of Linden, Fox 40 News reports. According to the station, Shermantine's tips have led FBI agents to recover the bodies of four victims, one unidentified woman and one unidentified fetus. Read more...

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August 29, 2012

'Speed Freak' Killer Helps Search

Wesley Shermatine, one half of the Speed Freak Killers duo, was reportedly let out of San Quentin's death row to help investigators search for victims. Shermantine aided investigators for the day, and was taken back to prison Sunday night. Leonard Padilla, a bounty hunter, said Shermantine was let out Sunday and is being offered reward money in exchange for bodies. Padilla believes the money is coming from the FBI and believes the reward will be paid to Shermantine per body. Read more...

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August 15, 2012

Inmate Executed for Murder of Ex-Girlfriend, Kids

An Oklahoma death row inmate who tried to delay his execution by challenging the state's lethal injection method was executed just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to step in. Michael Hooper, convicted for the December 1993 shooting deaths of his former girlfriend and her two young children, received a lethal dose of drugs at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester. The 40-year-old was pronounced dead at 6:14 p.m., according to the Department of Corrections. Hooper was sentenced to death for killing 23-year-old Cynthia Lynn Jarman and her two children, 5-year-old Tonya and 3-year-old Timmy. Read more...

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August 09, 2012

Arizona Executes Man for 1987 Rape, Murders

A man who tortured, raped and strangled two co-workers in 1987 was put to death in Arizona, more than a year after the Supreme Court temporarily blocked his execution to consider whether he had adequate counsel. Daniel Wayne Cook, 51, was pronounced dead at 11:03 a.m. from a lethal injection administered at the state prison in Florence, 60 miles southeast of Phoenix, state officials said. Read more...

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August 08, 2012

Texas Carries Out Controversial Execution

A Texas man convicted of killing a police informant was executed Tuesday evening after the Supreme Court refused to hear arguments that he was mentally handicapped and therefore should not qualify for the death penalty. Marvin Wilson, 54, was pronounced dead at 6:27 p.m., 14 minutes after his lethal injection began at the state prison in Huntsville. Read more...

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August 06, 2012

Judge Allows Inmate to Reject Reprieve

A judge has allowed a death-row inmate to reject a reprieve from the governor. Senior Judge Timothy Alexander ruled that Gary Haugen has the right to reject Gov. John Kitzhaber's decision not to execute him. Haugen said last year that he was giving up his right to appeals and that he wants to die. But Kitzhaber said no executions would occur on his watch. Read more...

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August 03, 2012

Courthouse Gunman Facing Capital Murder

A Jefferson County man whose gunfire outside the county courthouse in downtown Beaumont earlier this year killed a 79-year-old woman is now facing a capital murder charge. Bartholomew Granger is accused of the March 14 death of Minnie Sebolt. He was set for trial later this month on nine felony charges. A grand jury elevated the charges to include capital murder. Read more...

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July 30, 2012

Man Sentenced to Death for Killing Police Officer

An Arkansas man who shot a police officer during a traffic stop last year, then coldly shot him again in the face while he was pleading for his life, was sentenced to death. Jerry Lard was convicted of capital murder, and a Greene County judge agreed with the jury that the 38-year-old should die for killing Trumann police officer Jonathan Schmidt in April 2011. Read more...

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July 24, 2012

Georgia Halts Execution of Warren Lee Hill

The Georgia Supreme Court halted the execution of Warren Lee Hill, a death-row inmate who had been scheduled to die at 7 p.m. on Monday at the state penitentiary at Jackson. At issue is whether the Department of Corrections' decision to switch to a one-drug formula violates state rules. The state announced the change last week, which Hill's lawyers challenged. The high court said in a statement that it would consider the challenge because such a change requires public hearings and a 30-day public comment period. Read more...

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July 19, 2012

Texas Executes Its First Inmate Using Single Drug

A Texas man convicted of carjacking and fatally shooting a stockbroker was put to death Wednesday, becoming the first prisoner in the nation's most active capital punishment state to be executed under a procedure using one lethal drug instead of three. Texas Department of Criminal Justice officials announced last week they were modifying the three-drug injection method used since 1982 because the state's supply of one of the drugs -- the muscle relaxant pancuronium bromide -- has expired. Yokamon Hearn, 33, was executed using a single dose of the sedative pentobarbital, which had been part of the three-drug mixture since last year. Read more...

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July 18, 2012

Death Row Inmate to Help Find Bodies

A California death room inmate can be temporarily released from death row to help authorities locate the remains of dozens of murder victims after the state passed a law authorizing the search. Assembly Bill 2357 gives the correction department specific permissions to release convicted serial killer Wesley Shermantine from death row to help with the search. Investigators believe that Shermantine and his co-defendant Loren Herzog may have as many as 72 other victims. Read more...

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Texas Plans First Single-Drug Execution

An inmate who once bragged about the headlines generated by the carjacking and murder that sent him to death row will be noted in Texas history for a different reason: Yokamon Hearn will be the first prisoner executed under the state's new single-drug procedure. Hearn, 33, is set to die Wednesday for the March 1998 fatal shooting of Frank Meziere, a 23-year-old suburban Dallas stockbroker who was abducted at gunpoint while he cleaned his car at a self-service car wash in Dallas. Meziere was driven to an industrial area and shot 10 times before his body was dumped on the side of a road. Read more...

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July 12, 2012

Execution Case Spotlights Disability Standard

Georgia was the first state to ban executing mentally disabled death row inmates, but the case of an inmate who is to be put to death next week has highlighted the state's strictest-in-the-nation standard for proving mental disability. Former President Jimmy Carter is among those who have said the state pardons board should commute Warren Lee Hill's death sentence to life in prison without parole. However, the state argues defense attorneys have failed to meet their burden of proving beyond a reasonable doubt that Hill is mentally disabled. Hill was convicted of the 1991 murder of a fellow inmate. Read more...

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July 11, 2012

Armored Guard Killer Dodges Death Penalty

A former Pennsylvania armored car guard who is accused of killing his co-worker and stealing $2.3 million will not be facing the death penalty if he is convicted. Prosecutors have decided not to seek the death penalty against Kenneth Konias Jr. who has been charged with first-degree murder. Konias is charged with killing fellow guard Michael Haines during his Feb. 28 robbery of their Garda Cash Logistics armored truck. Read more...

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Ohio Governor Spares Killer of Store Owner

Ohio Gov. John Kasich spared the condemned killer of a convenience store owner whose execution was opposed by the detective who investigated the slaying, the prosecutor who pushed for the death sentence and a judge who handed down the sentence. Records show that death row inmate John Eley was offered the chance to escape the death penalty in exchange for testimony against his alleged conspirator, considered the mastermind of the slaying, but Eley refused to testify or take a deal. Read more...

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Texas Switches to 1-Drug Execution Policy

Texas, the nation's most active death penalty state, announced Tuesday that it would become the latest to switch to single-drug executions amid a drug shortage that has left states scrambling for acceptable alternatives. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice said it will begin using a single dose of the sedative pentobarbital to carry out death sentences. It had been using that drug in combination with two others, but its supply of one of the other drugs expired. Read more...

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July 07, 2012

Scott Peterson Appeals Death Sentence

Scott Peterson filed the automatic appeal of his 2004 death sentence to the California Supreme Court, maintaining as he always has that he had nothing to do with the murders of his wife Laci and unborn son Connor. Peterson's attorney, noted death penalty lawyer Cliff Gardner, filed the 423-page document eight years after a San Mateo County jury found the former fertilizer salesman guilty of suffocating a Laci and dumping her in the San Francisco Bay on Christmas Eve 2002. Peterson has been on Death Row since March 17, 2002. Read more...

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July 02, 2012

Killer Lied About Past Crimes

A Connecticut man on death row for the killings of a mother and her two daughters in a 2007 home invasion says he came up with a bizarre plan to end his own life by lying about killing others in a spree of violence. In an interview with The Hartford Courant, Steven Hayes said he fabricated claims in letters last year that he killed 17 people and committed dozens of drugged date rapes. He had hoped prison authorities would notify police and that he could trade information for food, including oysters to which he is deathly allergic. Read more...

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June 23, 2012

Serial Killer Sentenced to Death for 3 Murders

A convicted serial killer was given a death sentence for strangling a 15-year-old girl and two women in the Los Angeles "Southside Slayer" attacks of the 1980s and 1990s, according to prosecutors. Michael Hughes, 55, was convicted last November of killing his victims after DNA evidence tied him to murders authorities say were committed for sexual gratification. Hughes was convicted of killing 15-year-old Yvonne Coleman, 36-year-old Verna Williams and 32-year-old Deborah Jackson between 1986 and 1993. Williams and Jackson were prostitutes. Read more...

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Arkansas Execution Law Ruled Unconstitutional

The Arkansas Supreme Court struck down the state's execution law Friday, calling it unconstitutional. In a split decision, the high court sided with 10 death row inmates who argued that, under Arkansas' constitution, only the Legislature can set execution policy. Legislators in 2009 voted to give that authority to the Department of Correction. The 2009 law says a death sentence is to be carried out by lethal injection of one or more chemicals that the director of the Department of Correction chooses. Read more...

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June 19, 2012

Feds to Seek Death Penalty for RI Man

Attorneys for an inmate at the center of a legal battle between Rhode Island's governor and federal prosecutors say they're disappointed with plans by federal authorities to see the death penalty. Federal prosecutors in Rhode Island filed court papers saying they plan to seek the death penalty for 34-year-old Jason Pleau. He's accused of fatally shooting a gas station manager outside a bank in 2010. Not guilty pleas have been entered on his behalf. Read more...

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Death Row Inmates Wants Speedy Justice

A convicted murderer said in a letter written from death row that the South Dakota Supreme Court owes it not only to him but to the family of the prison guard he killed to allow his execution to take place in a timely manner. It's the only way, he said, the guard's family can get justice. Eric Robert, 50, pleaded guilty to killing Ron Johnson during a botched prison escape at the South Dakota State Penitentiary and asked to be put to death. A judge determined in October that the crime merited the death sentence, and Robert was scheduled for execution the week of May 13. Read more...

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June 16, 2012

Judge Rules Ohio Killer Incompetent for Execution

An inmate is too mentally ill to be executed for the killings of his wife and brother-in-law, a judge ruled Friday in a decision that comes just a week after the governor issued a reprieve hours before the man was set to die. "Abdul Awkal presently lacks the capacity to form a rational understanding as to the reason the state intends to execute him," Cuyahoga County Judge Stuart Friedman said. "Abdul Awkal may not be executed unless and until he has been restored to competency." Read more...

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June 13, 2012

Man Executed in Deaths of Daughter, Ex, In-Laws

Mississippi executed a man for fatally shooting his 3-year-old daughter, his ex-wife and her parents in a crime in which authorities say he also stole his slain mother-in-law's wedding ring and used it to propose marriage to his girlfriend. Jan Michael Brawner, 34, died at 6:18 p.m. CDT after receiving a chemical injection at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman, authorities said. Brawner had admitted to the killings during his trial and said he didn't deserve to live after shooting his daughter, Paige, his ex-wife, Barbara Craft, and her parents, Carl and Jane Craft, at their house on April 25, 2001. Read more...

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Arizona Court Approves Fifth Execution

The Arizona Supreme Court approved the execution of a death-row inmate who was spared from the death penalty last year after winning a last-minute delay from the U.S. Supreme Court. Daniel Wayne Cook, 50, is now scheduled for execution on Aug. 8 at the state prison in Florence. Cook was sentenced to death for killing a 26-year-old Guatemalan immigrant, Carlos Cruz-Ramos, and a 16-year-old boy, Kevin Swaney, in 1987, after police say he tortured and raped them for hours in his apartment in Lake Havasu City in far western Arizona. Read more...

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June 12, 2012

Supreme Court Reinstates Ky. Death Sentence

The U.S. Supreme Court has reinstated the death sentence of a Kentucky inmate who was on track to be freed after awaiting execution for three decades. The high court overturned a U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals decision that had granted a new trial to 63-year-old David Eugene Matthews. That trial would have been on reduced charges and likely would have led to Matthews' release even if he was convicted, because of the length of time he's already served. Matthews was sentenced to death in 1982 for the slaying of his estranged wife and mother-in-law in Louisville. Read more...

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June 11, 2012

Death Row Suicide Highlights Executions' Delays

When James Lee Crummel hanged himself in his San Quentin Prison cell last month, he had been living on Death Row for almost eight years and he was still years away from facing the executioner. California's automatic death penalty appeals take so long that the state's 723 condemned inmates are more likely to die of old age and infirmities or kill themselves than be put to death. Read more...

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June 08, 2012

Court Rules for Media in Execution Case

A federal appeals court sided with The Associated Press and 16 other news organizations Friday in ruling that witnesses should have full viewing access to Idaho's upcoming execution. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued the decision a day after hearing arguments in a lawsuit from the news groups seeking to change Idaho's protocol, saying it's unconstitutionally restrictive. The case aims to strike down a portion of Idaho's regulations that prevent witnesses including reporters acting as representatives of the public from watching executions until after catheters have been inserted into the veins of death row inmates. Read more...

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June 06, 2012

Man Executed for Killing 4 Nieces, Nephews

A Mississippi man convicted of killing four young nieces and nephews in a 1990 stabbing rampage was executed Tuesday, despite pleas from his two sisters to spare the brother who killed their children. Henry "Curtis" Jackson Jr. was pronounced dead at 6:13 p.m. CDT Tuesday after receiving an injection at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman, officials said. Read more...

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June 05, 2012

Execution Set for Man Who Killed 4 Kids

The sister of a man set to be executed Tuesday said she will ask the governor to spare her brother's life, even though he was convicted of murdering two of her children and two of her nephews and trying to kill her. Henry Curtis Jackson Jr. killed his two nieces and two nephews, ages 2 to 5, when he went to his mother's home in Leflore County looking for money from a safe on Nov. 1, 1990, according to the court record. Read more...

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June 01, 2012

Kentucky to Change Execution Method

Kentucky may be set to join Missouri in establishing a one-drug lethal injection execution to avoid the court challenges of its present three-drug method. The Kentucky Justice Cabinet filed notice that it intends to propose new execution regulations next month. Last week, Missouri became the first state to switch to using the drug propofol, the powerful anesthetic that caused the death of Michael Jackson. Read more...

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May 31, 2012

Death Row Inmate Found Hanging in Cell

California prison officials say a death row inmate convicted of killing a 13-year-old boy has committed suicide. The state Department of Corrections says 68-year-old James Lee Crummel was pronounced dead Sunday after being found hanging in his cell at San Quentin State Prison. Crummel had been on death row since being convicted in 2004 of kidnapping, molesting and killing James Wilfred Trotter. The boy disappeared on his way to school in Orange County in 1979. Read more...

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May 28, 2012

Brothers Sentenced to Death in Separate States

Rodney Berget lives in a single cell on South Dakota's death row, rarely leaving the tiny room where he awaits execution for bludgeoning a prison guard to death with a pipe during an attempted escape. For Berget's immediate family, his fate is somewhat familiar. He is the second member of the clan to be sentenced to death. His older brother was convicted in 1987 of killing a man for his car. Roger Berget spent 13 years on Oklahoma's death row until his execution in 2000 at age 39. Read more...

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May 18, 2012

Condemned Killer Needs Hip Surgery

A condemned killer's fight to receive surgery for agonizing hip pain pushed Kentucky officials into an uncomfortable debate over security, politics and even the possibility of inviting scorn from Fox News pundits. Emails and memos obtained by The Associated Press show corrections officials struggling for a year to reconcile their duty to provide medical care with the political ramifications of spending tens of thousands of dollars for surgery on a man they plan to execute. Read more...

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May 08, 2012

3 More Years for Ex-Death Row Inmate

A Scotsman released from prison four years ago after spending two decades on Ohio's death row is going back to prison for threatening a judge who prosecuted his original case. A visiting judge sentenced Ken Richey to the maximum of three years. He pleaded guilty last month to a felony retaliation charge. The target of his threat, Putnam County Judge Randall Basinger, said Richey had made many threats against him and others. Read more...

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May 02, 2012

Inmate Executed in 1975 Shooting Death

An Oklahoma man convicted of murdering a Tulsa convenience store manager almost 37 years ago was executed by lethal injection. Michael Bascum Selsor, 57, was pronounced dead at 6:06 p.m. Tuesday at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary. Selsor's execution ends more than three decades of legal proceedings in which Selsor was twice convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to die for the Sept. 15, 1975, shooting death of Clayton Chandler. The 55-year-old Chandler was shot eight times during an armed robbery in which the thieves got away with a little more than $500. Read more...

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April 27, 2012

Texas Man Executed for Role in Robbery-Shooting

A Texas man was executed for his role in a 2002 robbery in which three people were shot, one fatally. The lethal injection of Beunka Adams, 29, was carried out less than three hours after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a last-day appeal to postpone the punishment, the fifth this year in Texas. Adams expressed love to his family and apologized to witnesses, including one of the women who survived the attack and relatives of the man who was killed. Read more...

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April 26, 2012

Connecticut Governor Repeals Death Penalty

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy quietly signed a new law that ends the state's death penalty for future crimes, making Connecticut the 17th state to abolish capital punishment. The Democrat signed the bill behind closed doors, without fanfare. An aide said Malloy was surrounded by lawmakers, clergy and family members of murder victims. While he called it "an historic moment," Malloy said in a written statement that it was a moment "for sober reflection, not celebration." Read more...

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April 25, 2012

Californians to Vote on Abolishing Death Penalty

California voters will soon get a chance to decide whether to replace the death penalty with life in prison without the possibility of parole. A measure to abolish capital punishment in California qualified for the November ballot on Monday, Secretary of State Debra Bowen said. If it passes, the 725 California inmates now on Death Row will have their sentences converted to life in prison without the possibility of parole. It would also make life without parole the harshest penalty prosecutors can seek. Read more...

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April 23, 2012

Judge Overturns Death Penalty Sentence

A North Carolina judge ruled that racial discrimination played a role in sending a black man to death row for killing a white teenager in 1991, a groundbreaking decision rendered under the state's Racial Justice Act. Cumberland County Superior Court Judge Greg Weeks said condemned inmate Marcus Robinson should be spared execution and instead serve a life sentence in prison without possibility of parole. Read more...

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April 13, 2012

David Alan Gore Executed in Florida

Serial killer David Alan Gore, who admitted killing four women and two teenage girls in the 1980s to satisfy his sexual urges, was put to death by lethal injection in Florida on Thursday, Reuters reported. He was convicted and sentenced to death for the 1983 murder of Lynn Elliott, 17, whom he kidnapped when she was hitchhiking to the beach. Elliott was Gore's final victim. The others were Hsiang Huang Ling, 48, and her daughter Ying Hua Ling, 17; Judy Kay Daley, 35; Angelica LaVellee, 14; and Barbara Ann Byer, 14. Read more...

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April 12, 2012

Connecticut Lawmakers Vote to Repeal Death Penalty

The Connecticut House of Representatives gave final legislative approval to repeal of the state's death penalty, moving it one step closer to becoming the fifth U.S. state in five years to abandon capital punishment. The 86-62 vote in the Democratic-controlled House followed last week's Senate vote and sends the bill to Governor Dannel Malloy, who has vowed to sign it into law. Read more...

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April 11, 2012

Serial Killer Appeals to US Supreme Court

Lawyers for Florida serial killer David Gore asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to block his planned execution later this week. The 58-year-old convict is scheduled to receive a lethal injection on Thursday at Florida State Prison in Starke for the 1983 rape-murder of 17-year-old Lynn Elliot in Indian River County. Gore also is serving life terms for killing five other girls or women, who were raped and dismembered. His attorneys asked for a stay and filed an appeal based on a recent Supreme Court ruling that dealt with ineffective legal assistance. Read more...

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April 05, 2012

Connecticut Senate Votes to End Death Penalty

The Connecticut Senate voted 20-16 early Thursday morning on a bill that would do away with the death penalty and make the state the fifth in five years to abolish capital punishment. The bill now goes to the House of Representatives, where it is also expected to pass. It enjoys majority support in each chamber of the state legislature, which are both Democrat-controlled, and would replace death penalty sentences with life imprisonment. Read more...

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March 30, 2012

Court Upholds Joseph Edward Duncan's Appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to overturn an appeal from a man who killed three members of an Idaho family so that he could kidnap their small children. The court decided that it would not hear the case, sending the issue of whether Joseph Edward Duncan III was competent when he decided to waive his appeal in his 2008 death penalty case back to the lower courts. Read more...

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March 29, 2012

Court Turns Down Petition From Duncan

The U.S. Supreme Court won't consider whether a man convicted of kidnapping, torturing and murdering some members of a northern Idaho family was competent when he waived his appeal. The high court rejected the petition from Joseph Edward Duncan III on Monday. Now U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge in Idaho must hold a hearing to determine if Duncan was competent when he decided to waive his right to an appeal in the 2008 death penalty case. Read more...

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March 28, 2012

Death Penalty Overturned for Killer of 3

The Arizona Supreme Court has set aside the death sentences of a man who bludgeoned to death his girlfriend and each of her two children one at a time with a baseball bat and a pipe wrench as they arrived home from school and work. The court ruled that the crimes of James Granvil Wallace were not legally heinous. Read more...

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March 24, 2012

Mississippi Executes Man for 1995 Brutal Murder

A Mississippi man convicted of brutally murdering a convenience store clerk in 1995 was put to death by lethal injection, the second execution in the state this week. William "Jerry" J. Mitchell, 61, sexually assaulted and mutilated Patty Milliken after she disappeared from her job in Biloxi toward the end of her shift in November 1995, jurors found. Mitchell, who at the time of Milliken's death was on parole for a previous murder conviction, was pronounced dead at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman. Read more...

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March 08, 2012

Texas Man Executed for Killing Wife

A Texas man condemned for fatally shooting his estranged wife and the neighbor who became her boyfriend denied killing them, moments before he was put to death by lethal injection. Strapped to the gurney inside the death chamber, Keith Thurmond declared, "I didn't kill my wife. ... I swear to God I didn't kill her." His execution for the 2001 slayings near Houston came about an hour after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected arguments to halt the capital punishment, the third this year in Texas. The 52-year-old Thurmond was pronounced dead at 6:22 p.m. 11 minutes after lethal drugs began flowing into his arms. Read more...

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March 05, 2012

Death Penalty Sought in Bay Toll Plaza Killings

Prosecutors will seek the death penalty against a man charged with killing his ex-girlfriend with a shotgun blast as she worked in a toll booth at a San Francisco Bay-area bridge. Nathaniel Burris of Richmond also is accused of killing a friend of the woman in a nearby parking lot. Burris is accused of killing Deborah Ross while she worked in a booth at the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge toll plaza in August 2009. The other alleged victim was Ross' friend Ersie Everette III, a bus driver for Golden Gate Transit. Read more...

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March 01, 2012

'Texas 7' Prison-Break Gang Leader Executed

The leader of the fugitive gang known as the "Texas 7" was executed for killing a suburban Dallas police officer during a robbery 11 years ago after organizing and pulling off Texas' biggest prison break. George Rivas, 41, from El Paso, received lethal injection for gunning down Aubrey Hawkins, a 29-year-old Irving police officer who interrupted the gang's holdup of a sporting goods store on Christmas Eve in 2000. The seven escapees had fled a South Texas prison about two weeks earlier. Read more...

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Death Penalty Sought in Serial Slayings

Prosecutors said that they plan to seek the death penalty against a man suspected of killing four prostitutes in rural Northern California. The announcement was made in Marin County Superior Court as Joseph Naso, 78, re-entered not-guilty pleas to four counts of murder. The former Reno photographer is accused of killing Roxene Roggasch in 1977, Carmen Colon in 1978, Pamela Parsons in 1993 and Tracy Tafoya in 1994. All four were found strangled in rural areas of Northern California. Read more...

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Man Executed for Killing, Dismembering Mom

Arizona executed an inmate for killing and dismembering his adoptive mother while he was out of prison on furlough for another crime, despite a spate of last-minute appeals over his mental disabilities and how the state has changed and violated its own execution protocol. Just before he was put to death, Robert Henry Moormann used his last words to apologize to his family and to the family of an 8-year-old girl he kidnapped and molested in 1972. Read more...

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February 16, 2012

Florida Executes Man for Woman's 1980 Murder

Florida executed a 65-year-old man on Wednesday who had spent more than three decades on death row for the murder of a woman he met at a bar. Robert Waterhouse was put to death by lethal injection at the Florida State Prison in Raiford, the fourth inmate executed in the United States this year. He was pronounced dead at 8:22 p.m. local time, said Department of Corrections spokeswoman Jo Ellyn Rackleff. He was sentenced to die for the January 1980 murder of Deborah Kammerer, a 29-year-old St. Petersburg woman who encountered Waterhouse at a bar in the Tampa Bay area. Read more...

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February 09, 2012

Man Executed for 1995 Convenience Store Killings

A Mississippi inmate has been put to death for killing two men in a December 1995 robbery spree after the courts declined to stop the execution based on arguments that he was mentally ill. Authorities say 38-year-old Edwin Hart Turner received a lethal injection Wednesday and died at 6:21 p.m. CST for his conviction in the slayings of Eddie Brooks and Everett Curry during a pair of gas station holdups. The spree netted Turner and accomplice Paul Murrell Stewart about $400. Read more...

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February 07, 2012

Judge Temporarily Blocks Mississippi Execution

A federal judge temporarily blocked the execution of a Mississippi inmate who killed two men during a robbery spree in 1995. The man's attorneys asked for the order, not arguing guilt or innocence, but that Edwin Hart Turner is mentally ill and should not be executed. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves ordered the Mississippi Department of Corrections to allow Turner to be seen by a psychiatrist of his choosing. Read more...

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February 01, 2012

Inmate's Scheduled Execution Is Stayed

A superior court judge has stayed the execution of a man who had been scheduled to be executed for the 2001 killings of a woman and her 3-year-old daughter. Butts County Superior Court Judge Thomas Wilson said that the planned execution of Nicholas Cody Tate has been stayed until further order of the court. Tate had originally been scheduled to be put to death by injection at 7 p.m. for the murders of Chrissie Williams and her daughter Katelyn. Read more...

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January 28, 2012

Home Invasion Killer Sentenced to Death

A Connecticut man was sentenced Friday to die for killing a woman and her two daughters during a night of terror in their suburban home, a gruesome crime that unsettled the suburbs and halted momentum to abolish the death penalty in the state. Joshua Komisarjevsky will be joining Steven Hayes on death row for killing Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters, Hayley, 17, and Michaela, 11. He is scheduled to be executed in July. Read more...

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January 27, 2012

Texas Executes Convicted Killer in '94 Rape

A convicted killer has been executed in Texas for the abduction, rape and strangulation of a 38-year-old woman 18 years ago. Thirty-eight-year-old Rodrigo Hernandez received lethal injection Thursday for killing Susan Verstegen more than two hours after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal. Verstegen was attacked behind a supermarket where she was working. Her body was found dumped in a garbage barrel behind a San Antonio church. Read more...

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