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UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 29, 2020

Georgia man put to death for the 1997 killings of 2 people

A Georgia man convicted of killing his ex-wife and her boyfriend more than two decades ago was put to death Wednesday evening, becoming the state’s first inmate to be executed …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 16, 2020

Georgia board spares prisoner’s life hours before execution

Georgia’s parole board has spared the life of a prisoner hours ahead of his scheduled execution, commuting his sentence to life without the possibility of parole


Texas parole board recommends delaying Rodney Reed execution

The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles on Friday recommended delaying the execution of inmate Rodney Reed, whose conviction is being questioned by new evidence that his supporters say raises …


Texas inmate executed for stabbing deaths of 2 stepsons

A Texas inmate who claimed he was intellectually disabled has been executed for fatally stabbing his two stepsons during a 2007 attack in which his wife also died. Robert Sparks …


Journalist’s death helps to reshape US handling of hostages

Diane Foley learned her son’s fate not from any government official but from a sobbing journalist who asked if she’d been on Twitter.


Human rights group locates North Korean execution sites

A human rights group said Tuesday it has identified hundreds of spots where witnesses claim North Korea carried out public executions and extrajudicial state killings as part of an arbitrary …


South Dakota executes inmate who killed prison guard in 2011

A South Dakota inmate who killed a correctional officer seven years ago during a failed prison escape on the guard’s 63rd birthday was put to death Monday evening, marking the …


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.


Nebraska executes first inmate since 1997

Nebraska carried out its first execution in more than two decades on Tuesday with the lethal injection of a convicted murderer who had been on death row for nearly twice …


Texas executes man for 2004 slaying of store owner

A Texas prisoner was executed Tuesday evening for the fatal shooting of a San Antonio convenience store owner after courts turned down appeals that the state parole board improperly rejected …


Execution blocked after company objects to use of its drug

A Nevada judge effectively put the execution of a two-time killer on hold Wednesday after a pharmaceutical company objected to the use of one of its drugs to put someone …


UPDATED: Tue., March 27, 2018

Texas executes ‘suitcase killer’

A San Antonio man who became known as the “suitcase killer” was executed Tuesday evening in Texas for the slaying of a 29-year-old Lubbock woman whose battered, naked body was …


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 …


UI law prof sues Idaho for execution records

A University of Idaho law professor is suing the Idaho Department of Correction under the state’s Public Records Act for refusing to hand over documents about its use of execution …


Ohio governor delays killer’s execution over juror concerns

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has delayed the execution of a death row inmate who was scheduled to die next week for fatally stabbing a 67-year-old man.


Dallas man executed for killing daughters while mom listened

A former Dallas accountant condemned for fatally shooting his two young daughters while their mother listened helplessly on the phone was put to death Thursday night in Texas.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 30, 2018

U.S. Supreme Court refuses to stop Texas execution

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday night rejected two appeals from a Texas death row inmate, clearing the way for his execution for the 1999 slaying of his ex-girlfriend while …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 22, 2018

Lawyers say inmate awaiting execution no longer remembers crime

Alabama asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to let the state proceed with executing a 67-year-old inmate who lawyers say has suffered strokes and dementia and cannot remember killing …


‘Tourniquet Killer’ executed in Texas for 1992 strangling

Texas carried out the nation’s first execution of 2018 Thursday evening, giving lethal injection to a man who became known as Houston’s “Tourniquet Killer” because of his signature murder technique …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 8, 2018

Justices give Georgia death row inmate new round of appeals

The Supreme Court is giving a Georgia death row inmate who came within minutes of being executed another chance to raise claims of racial bias on his jury.


Montana judge sanctions state in execution drug case

A judge has sanctioned the state of Montana over its delay in complying with a court demand to turn over documents that could reveal if there was manipulation of an …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 15, 2017

Ohio calls off execution after failing to find inmate’s vein

Ohio called off the execution of a condemned killer with multiple health problems on Wednesday, because members of the state’s execution team were unable to find a vein to insert …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 10, 2017

U.S. soldier in Niger ambush was bound and apparently executed, villagers say

The body of Sgt. La David Johnson, one of four U.S. soldiers killed in an ambush by Islamist militants in Niger last month, was found with his arms tied and …


Mexican citizen facing execution in Texas for killing cousin

Attorneys for a Mexican citizen on death row in Texas for the abduction and slaying of his 16-year-old cousin more than two decades ago looked to the federal courts in …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 7, 2017

Arkansas court grants inmate’s bid to halt execution

Arkansas’ highest court on Tuesday halted this week’s planned execution of an inmate whose lawyers claim is severely mentally ill, while a state judge ordered officials to release more information …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 17, 2017

Houston-area “Tourniquet Killer” set to die

A stick was used to tightly twist a cord from a window blind around the neck of a 21-year-old woman found strangled and dumped in the drive-thru lane of a …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 6, 2017

Florida executes man convicted of 2 killings decades ago

Florida executed an inmate Thursday who was convicted of killing two people after a night of drinking decades ago.


Ohio executes man convicted of back-to-back 1992 killings

A man convicted of killing two people in back-to-back robberies in suburban Cleveland in 1992 was executed Wednesday as family members of his victims looked on.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 2, 2017

Oct. 5 execution set for Florida man convicted of 2 killings

A Florida man convicted of killing two people in 1983 has been scheduled to be executed Oct. 5.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 24, 2017

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 …