Capital punishment

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

Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes in court in Centennial, Colo. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Andy Cross)

Holmes jury selection, trial may take 8 months

  DENVER (AP) — The judge in the Colorado theater shooting case says it could take up to three months to pick a jury and up to five months to conduct the trial of defendant […]

10/09/2013

Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes in court in Centennial, Colo. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Andy Cross)

Prosecutors get Holmes’ mental health records

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Prosecutors in the Colorado theater shootings received defendant James Holmes’ mental health records from the state hospital and the University of Colorado on Monday. The records, sealed in six manila envelopes, […]

10/07/2013

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