Capital punishment

The lethal injection gurney in Huntsville, Texas, (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)

Texas finds new execution drug supply

HOUSTON (AP) — 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 […]

03/19/2014

In this handout photo from the Missouri Correctional offices, Michael Anthony Taylor of Kansas City is shown. (AP Photo/Missouri Correctional Office)

Okla. pharmacy won’t give drug for Mo. execution

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma pharmacy has agreed not to 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 […]

02/18/2014

Gov. Jay Inslee, center, signs legislation to help keep production of Boeing's new 777X in Washington, Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee suspends death penalty

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday 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 […]

02/11/2014

An electric chair which Virginia provides as an alternative to lethal injection.  (AP Photo/Virginia Department of Corrections, File)

States consider reviving old-fashioned executions

ST. LOUIS (AP) — With lethal-injection drugs in short supply and new questions looming about their effectiveness, lawmakers in some death penalty states are considering bringing back relics of the past: firing squads, electrocutions and […]

01/28/2014

This undated photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction shows inmate Dennis McGuire. (AP Photo/Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, File)

Ohio guards report inmate was urged to fake suffocation

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An attorney for a condemned Ohio inmate who snorted and gasped during his execution was temporarily suspended last week while officials investigated whether he had coached the inmate to fake symptoms […]

01/27/2014

Federal public defender Allen Bohnert talks about the execution of his client, death row inmate Dennis McGuire, by a never-tried lethal drug process, on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, Ohio.” (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)

Ohio killer’s execution takes almost 25 minutes

LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A condemned man appeared to gasp several times and took an unusually long time to die — more than 20 minutes — in an execution carried out Thursday with a combination […]

01/16/2014

Jodi Arias during sentencing phase in murder of her boyfriend Travis Alexander, Maricopa County Superior court, Phoenix. (AP Photo)

Judge bans live TV in Arias penalty phase retrial

PHOENIX (AP) — Live television coverage of Jodi Arias’ penalty phase retrial will be banned and the case will remain in Phoenix despite defense arguments that intense publicity will make it difficult to find impartial jurors, a […]

11/16/2013

In this undated photo provided by the Florida Department of Corrections shows Florida death row inmate Darius Kimbrough. (AP Photo/Florida Department of Corrections)

Fla. inmate executed for killing of Orlando woman

STARKE, Fla. (AP) — 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 […]

11/12/2013

Undated photo of Ronald Phillips.  (AP Photo/Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, File)

Condemned Ohio child killer wants to donate organs

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A condemned child killer who has abandoned his remaining appeals asked Monday for the chance to donate his organs to his ailing mother and sister either before or after his execution […]

11/11/2013

In this Feb. 17, 2010, file photo, Tamerlan Tsarnaev accepts the trophy for winning the 2010 New England Golden Gloves Championship in Lowell, Mass. (AP Photo/The Lowell Sun, Julia Malakie File)

Boston Marathon suspect may pin blame on brother

BOSTON (AP) — Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s lawyers may try to save him from the death penalty in the Boston Marathon bombing by arguing he fell under the murderous influence of his older brother, legal experts say. […]

10/23/2013

The U.S. Supreme Court building. (AP Photo)

High court to look at death row inmate with low IQ

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will take up a Florida case over how judges should determine if a death row inmate is mentally disabled, and thus ineligible for execution. The justices said Monday they […]

10/21/2013

Gaile Owens and son Stephen Owens walk together in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)

Son learns to forgive mother who had father killed

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nearly three decades after the murder that tore them apart, the mother and son talk easily now. They laugh over little things. She stands on tiptoes to hug him and whispers: […]

10/10/2013

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