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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 …


UPDATED: Thu., March 7, 2019, 8:47 p.m.

Ohio governor delays 3 more executions while drugs reviewed

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has delayed three additional executions to give the state prison system time to develop a new lethal injection method


Judge orders partial release of Idaho lethal injection docs

A judge has ordered the Idaho Department of Corrections to release some of the information that was redacted from thousands of pages of documents detailing the state’s execution preparations and …


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 …


UPDATED: Thu., May 17, 2018, 12:43 p.m.

Judge: Prison officials must release execution drug records

A judge says Idaho prison officials must release records about the lethal injection drugs they used in the state’s two most recent executions.


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 …


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 …


Before execution, Alabama inmate defiant with words, actions

A convicted cop killer who sued Alabama over its lethal injection method was put to death Thursday night, but not before he cursed at the state and said: “I hate …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 18, 2017, 3:45 p.m.

Texas man’s execution halted amid alleged confession scheme

A man who became known as the Houston area’s “Tourniquet Killer” because of the way he strangled his victims was set for execution Wednesday evening.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 6, 2017, 12:28 p.m.

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.


Johnson & Johnson says its drug shouldn’t be used to kill prisoners

A division of Johnson & Johnson, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, says that a medicine its scientists originally invented more than half a century ago should …


Virginia executes inmate for killing two men during escape

A Virginia man who killed a hospital security guard and a sheriff’s deputy after escaping from custody in 2006 was executed Thursday after an unsuccessful campaign to spare the inmate’s …


UPDATED: Thu., April 20, 2017, 10:54 p.m.

Arkansas carries out first execution since 2005

Arkansas overcame a flurry of court challenges Thursday that derailed three other executions, putting to death an inmate for the first time in nearly a dozen years as part of …


UPDATED: Wed., April 19, 2017, 8:45 p.m.

Arkansas faces two setbacks to plan for multiple executions

Arkansas suffered two more legal setbacks Wednesday in its bid to carry out multiple executions this month when the state Supreme Court spared one prisoner and a judge later ruled …


Texas convict gets reprieve hours before scheduled execution

A federal appeals court Wednesday stopped the scheduled lethal injection of a former accountant hours before he was to be executed for gunning down his two young daughters in Dallas …


Supreme Court dissent in execution drug case says death penalty may be unconstitutional

WASHINGTON – Trading sharp words, a deeply divided Supreme Court upheld the use of a controversial drug in lethal-injection executions Monday, even as two dissenting justices said for the first …


Utah OKs firing squads

Utah became the only state to allow firing squads for executions Monday when Gov. Gary Herbert signed a law approving the controversial method’s use when no lethal-injection drugs are available.


Eye on Boise: Correction officials considered firing squad

Bring back the firing squad as a means of execution in Idaho? That’s something the state Department of Correction has been exploring, as states continue to struggle to obtain drugs …


Arizona prisoner dies 2 hours after execution begins

PHOENIX – A condemned Arizona inmate gasped for more than an hour and a half during his execution Wednesday before he died, in an episode sure to add to the …


Judge halts Texas execution; cites drug source secrecy

HOUSTON — A federal judge on Wednesday stopped the scheduled execution of a serial killer in Texas, saying justice department officials must disclose information to the inmate’s lawyers about the …


Ariz. opens viewing process in today’s execution

FLORENCE, Ariz. — Witnesses expect to be able to see prison officials inject a lethal drug into a condemned inmate for the first time in Arizona history today, when the …


Idaho executes inmate for 1984 killing

Idaho executed Richard Leavitt for a 1984 murder on Tuesday, with witnesses, for the first time, watching the entire lethal injection process, pursuant to a court order issued in response …


Idaho murderer scheduled to be executed on Tuesday

BOISE – More than a quarter century after Danette Elg’s mutilated body was found on a punctured waterbed in her bedroom, her family still declines to talk publicly about her …


Idaho judge sets Leavitt execution for June 12

BOISE — A 7th District Judge has signed a death warrant for condemned inmate Richard Albert Leavitt, ordering that he be executed by lethal injection.


Wash. Supreme Court lifts stay of execution for Brown

The state Supreme Court has lifted the stay of execution for Cal Coburn Brown. The high court unanimously ruled today that Brown’s claims that the state’s execution process is unconstitutional …


Judge affirms Wash. lethal injection method

OLYMPIA — A judge has affirmed Washington state’s procedures for executing prisoners by lethal injection, turning aside complaints that condemned inmates could be partially conscious when fatal drugs flow into …