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An avowed racist who orchestrated one of the most gruesome hate crimes in U.S. history has been executed in Texas for the dragging death of a black man

John William King, who was white, received lethal injection for the slaying nearly 21 years ago of James Byrd Jr., who was chained to the back of a truck and …


Arkansas faces new court fight over sedative for executions

A federal lawsuit filed by death row inmates has renewed a court fight over whether the sedative Arkansas uses for lethal injections causes torturous executions, two years after it raced …


UPDATED: Mon., April 1, 2019, 11:56 a.m.

Rep. Jenny Graham fights to keep death penalty in state law

Spokane Rep. Jenny Graham is vocal in her efforts to fight efforts in the Legislature to abolish the death penalty.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 15, 2018, 9:21 a.m.

In televised debate with Dave Wilson, House candidate Jenny Graham says death penalty not racially disproportionate

In a debate with Democrat Dave Wilson, Republican Jenny Graham correctly said there were more white people than black people on death row and that she supported maintaining the death …


Capital punishment in Spokane: A history

If newspaper archives are any indication, race has long played a role in the most lethal sentence the justice system can impose.


Death penalty ruling anguishes Spokane Valley mother who lost daughter in 1996 attacks

Sherry Shaver felt some solace on the day in 1997 when a jury recommended capital punishment for the man who killed her daughter in Spokane Valley. But the ensuing 20 …


Shawn Vestal: It’s time to let the death penalty perish for good

The death penalty has had a long, troubled life in Washington, serving vengeance more than justice. It’s already on life support from a gubernatorial moratorium, and it’s time to let …


Oklahoma officials plan to use nitrogen for executions

Oklahoma officials say they plan to use nitrogen gas to execute inmates once the state resumes using the death penalty, marking the first time a U.S. state would use the …


UPDATED: Fri., March 2, 2018, 10:43 p.m.

Prosecutors seek death sentence in fatal stabbing of Spokane cab driver

Prosecuting attorney Louis Marshall filed a notice in county court Tuesday to pursue the death sentence in the case of Jacob Coleman, a Puyallup, Washington, man who allegedly stabbed a …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 15, 2018, 2:21 p.m.

Senate votes to end death penalty in Washington

Senate votes to replace death penalty with life without parole in all cases.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 26, 2018, 11:40 a.m.

Ban on executions passes Washington Senate panel

Senate committee approves elimination of death penalty for most murders.


Foes take another run at ending Washington’s death penalty

Democratic control of the Senate means 2018 could be the year that Washington abolishes the death penalty, Attorney General Bob Ferguson says.


Shawn Vestal: ‘I thought, this is my day to die’

Since 1973, 159 Americans have been exonerated following death-penalty convictions. Two of them shared their stories at Gonzaga University Wednesday night.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 24, 2017, 4:31 p.m.

California death penalty measure survives, but with limits

A voter-approved measure to speed up executions in California was upheld Thursday by the state Supreme Court, but justices rejected arguments that a provision setting a five-year limit on appeals …


Ohio carries out 1st execution following 3 years-plus delay

Ohio has put to death a child killer in the state’s first execution in more than three years following a prolonged search for lethal drugs.


Arkansas execution autopsies don’t end debate over drugs

Arkansas’ chief medical examiner says nothing in autopsy reports suggest that four inmates put to death in April suffered while they died. But that won’t end the debate over whether …


Florida governor cleared to sign death warrants again, experts say

Florida can start executing condemned killers again now that the U.S. Supreme Court has let stand the state’s changes to its death penalty law, experts say.


Arkansas will face challenges replenishing execution supply

Arkansas will have a more difficult time obtaining additional lethal injection drugs after an unprecedented court challenge by a drug distributor and possible complications during at least one of the …


Arkansas governor dismisses calls for full execution probe

The Arkansas governor said Friday that he sees no reason for anything beyond a routine review of the state’s execution procedures after a condemned inmate lurched and convulsed 20 times …


UPDATED: Mon., April 24, 2017, 9:13 p.m.

Arkansas executes 2 inmates on the same gurney, hours apart

Two inmates received lethal injections on the same gurney Monday night about three hours apart as Arkansas completed the nation’s first double execution since 2000, just days after the state …


UPDATED: Sun., April 23, 2017, 9:39 p.m.

California moves – slowly – toward resuming executions

California has long been what one expert calls a “symbolic death penalty state,” one of 12 that has capital punishment on the books but has not executed anyone in more …


100 years ago in Spokane: Man convicted of killing common-law wife hanged at Fort George Wright

Edward Mayberry became the first person in decades to be hanged in Spokane. “He went to his death without flinching, even when he felt the noose tightening under his left …


UPDATED: Mon., April 17, 2017, 10:19 p.m.

U.S. Supreme Court does not allow Arkansas execution

The U.S. Supreme Court spared the life of an Arkansas inmate minutes before his death warrant was set to expire Monday, scuttling efforts to resume the death penalty after nearly …


UPDATED: Thu., April 13, 2017, 8:39 p.m.

Two companies seek to prevent drugs’ use in Arkansas executions

Two pharmaceutical companies asked a federal judge Thursday to prevent Arkansas from using their drugs to execute seven inmates by the end of the month, saying they object to their …


100 years ago in Spokane: New York Symphony Orchestra plays in Spokane

A large crowd gathered at the Auditorium Theater to hear the New York Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Walter Damrosch.


Amnesty: China executes more people than rest of the world combined

China executes more people each year than the rest of the world combined, with its state-sanctioned system cloaked in official secrecy, said a report released Tuesday by human rights monitor …


Judge blocks execution of 1 of 8 Arkansas inmates

A judge on Thursday stopped one of eight Arkansas executions set for this month, but at least six remain on course despite the judge’s finding that the state broke some …


Appeals court rejects Ohio’s new lethal injection process

A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected Ohio’s new three-drug lethal injection process, jeopardizing the upcoming executions of several condemned killers.


100 years ago in Spokane: Solemn crowd of 5,000 lines streets to salute troops headed to World War I

“Spokane’s group of soldier boys left yesterday for American Lake,” said The Spokesman-Review. “… Never in the history of the city has such a splendid lot of young men answered …


Accelerated executions: Arkansas plans 8 over 10-day period

After nearly a dozen years without an execution, Arkansas is racing to put eight men to death next month over a 10-day period – an unprecedented timetable the state says …