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  • Louisiana Senate to hear bill to end death sentences Play Video

    April 25, 2017 8:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana senators are moving forward with a bill that would make it the first state in the South to stop sentencing people to death. A Senate judicial committee Tuesday voted 6-1 to have the full Senate consider the proposal, which would eliminate the death penalty as punishment... more »
  • Arkansas executes 2 inmates on the same gurney, hours apart

    April 25, 2017 7:54 AM

    VARNER - After going nearly 12 years without executing an inmate, Arkansas now has executed three in a few days - including two in one night. Jack Jones and Marcel Williams received lethal injections on the same gurney Monday night, just about three hours apart. It was the first double... more »
  • Arkansas inmate seeks stay of execution, citing attorney's plagiarism

    April 24, 2017 6:45 PM

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A condemned Arkansas inmate is again asking the Arkansas Supreme Court to stop his execution, arguing that his previous attorney plagiarized a court filing. The Arkansas Supreme Court has repeatedly declined to stop Marcel Williams' execution, one of two planned for Monday night. In a late... more »
  • Arkansas judge barred from death penalty cases after participating in protest

    April 17, 2017 3:25 PM

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The Arkansas Supreme Court is barring a judge who blocked the state's multiple executions plan from taking up any death penalty related cases after he participated in a protest where he appeared to mimic an inmate about to receive lethal injection drugs. Justices on Monday reassigned... more »
  • Louisiana considering whether to end use of death penalty

    April 13, 2017 6:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A trio of state legislators with law enforcement backgrounds is suggesting Louisiana should end its use of the death penalty. Rep. Terry Landry, a Democratic former state police superintendent, thinks the penalty is barbaric, unevenly applied, with too many cases overturned. Sen. Dan Claitor, a Republican former... more »
  • Jury decides on death penalty in Vegas murder-mutilation

    March 22, 2017 2:11 PM

    LAS VEGAS - A jury has decided that a 24-year-old man should become the youngest of 83 people on Nevada's death row for the rape, murder and mutilation of a 15-year-old high school sophomore. Javier Righetti was 19 in 2011 when he stabbed and burned Alyssa Otremba not far from... more »
  • Alabama bidding to set execution date for convicted killer

    February 22, 2017 7:43 PM

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Alabama is bidding to execute a convicted killer who has been on death row for more than 30 years. The state filed a motion Wednesday to set an execution date for inmate Tommy Arthur, one day after the United States Supreme Court turned down his latest appeal.... more »
  • Miss. bill proposes gas chamber, firing squad as backup execution methods

    January 26, 2017 12:15 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - Mississippi, facing repeated court challenges to lethal injection and the difficulty of finding drugs, could start looking at alternative ways to carry out the death penalty. A state House committee on Thursday approved legislation to explicitly legalize the current drugs Mississippi plans to use to execute death... more »
  • Victim's daughter: Dylann Roof should not die

    January 11, 2017 12:40 PM

    CHARLESTON - The daughter of a woman killed during a massacre at a Charleston church says she doesn't want the racist killer to face the death penalty. Sharon Risher said Wednesday that 22-year-old Dylann Roof should sit in his cell and think about how he made the nine black people... more »
  • US seeks death penalty in airport shooting

    January 7, 2017 6:46 PM

    FORT LAUDERDALE - Federal prosecutors have filed charges against the Florida airport shooting suspect that could bring the death penalty if he is convicted. A criminal complaint filed Saturday by the Miami U.S. attorney's office accuses 26-year-old Esteban Santiago of an act of violence at an international airport resulting in... more »
  • Dylann Roof won't work to spare his life in church massacre

    December 28, 2016 10:12 AM

    Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof says he won't call any witnesses or present evidence while representing himself during the punishment phase of his death penalty trial, but he is working hard to keep secret potentially embarrassing evidence about himself and his family. Just exactly what that evidence is remains a... more »
  • Supreme Court weighs lawyers' actions in 2 death row cases

    December 10, 2016 12:01 PM

    WASHINGTON - Seven years before Thomas Sims defended Sammie Stokes in a South Carolina death-penalty trial, he had prosecuted Stokes for assaulting his ex-wife. The trial record shows Sims never told the judge in the murder case about that earlier prosecution, not even when the ex-wife took the stand against... more »
  • DA ends quest for death penalty in 1993 officer killing

    July 1, 2016 10:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Kevan Brumfield, convicted of first-degree murder in the 1993 shooting death of Cpl. Betty Smothers and wounding of store manager Kimen Lee, will not be put to death by the state. The U.S. Supreme Court earlier this month shot down Moore's request for further proceedings on... more »
  • Man admits killing deputy to escape death penalty

    June 24, 2016 9:20 AM

    ABBEVILLE - One of two Louisiana men facing the death penalty in the 2014 killing of a sheriff's deputy will spend the rest of his life in prison after pleading guilty. Thursday's guilty plea by 22-year-old Quintylan Richard came on the second anniversary of Vermilion Parish Deputy Allen Bares Jr.'s... more »
  • State asks to rule out next Louisiana execution before 2018

    May 31, 2016 3:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana won't carry out its next scheduled execution before January 2018 if a federal judge approves a request by state Attorney General Jeff Landry's office. In a court filing Tuesday, Landry's office asked for an 18-month extension to a judge's order that delayed the execution of... more »
  • High court rejects La. inmate's death penalty challenge

    May 31, 2016 10:53 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court is rejecting a Louisiana inmate's appeal to consider a nationwide ban on the death penalty. The justices on Tuesday turned away a challenge from death row inmate Lamondre Tucker. Tucker's appeal is the latest to challenge capital punishment as unconstitutional after Justice Stephen... more »
  • Plea spares Louisiana cop's killer a death sentence

    February 26, 2016 3:36 PM

    SUNSET - The St. Landry Parish district attorney says he's agreed to not pursue the death penalty against a man who agreed to plead guilty in the death of a police officer and another person. Police said Harrison Lee Riley Jr. shot Sunset police officer Henry Nelson with Nelson's own... more »
  • Execution delayed for man convicted in woman's 1997 killing

    February 17, 2016 4:35 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Louisiana Supreme Court has delayed the planned execution of a man convicted of beating and stabbing a 71-year-old woman to death while robbing her home in 1997. The court agreed Wednesday to indefinitely postpone the March 14 execution date that a state judge had set... more »
  • Dept. of Corrections: No drugs on hand for scheduled March execution

    February 15, 2016 2:36 PM

    GONZALES - The Department of Safety & Corrections say they don’t have the execution drugs on hand necessary to carry out an execution scheduled for next month. Serial killer Daniel Blank was scheduled to have his death sentence carried out on Mar. 14 in Ascension Parish. The department... more »
  • Delaware House to vote on abolishing death penalty in state

    January 28, 2016 11:53 AM

    DOVER, Del. - The Delaware House is set to vote on a bill to abolish the death penalty in the state. The bill is set to be voted on Thursday. It narrowly cleared the Senate last year but had been languishing in a House committee until the chairman agreed last... more »
  • Alabama carries out 1st execution in more than 2 years

    January 22, 2016 6:48 AM

    ATMORE, AL.- A man convicted of the 1992 rape and beating death of a woman has been put to death in Alabama's first execution in more than two years. Authorities say 43-year-old Christopher Eugene Brooks received a lethal injection in a procedure starting at 6:06 p.m. local time Thursday at... more »
  • Ex-officer convicted for 1994 hit wants federal judge back

    December 29, 2015 11:37 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A former New Orleans police officer who's fighting a capital conviction wants a judge who has stepped aside back on his case. Len Davis says it would take too long for another judge to wade through more than 10,000 pages of records and become familiar with... more »
  • Bernie Sanders calls for end of death penalty

    October 29, 2015 4:28 PM

    WASHINGTON - Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says it's time the United States join nearly every industrialized nation in the West in saying no to capital punishment. Sen. Sanders' remarks on the Senate floor Thursday came a day after rival Hillary Rodham Clinton voiced support for taking a "hard look"... more »
  • Oklahoma agrees to hold off executions until at least 2016

    October 16, 2015 10:30 AM

    OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma's attorney general has agreed to not request execution dates until 2016 as his office investigates why the state used the wrong drug to execute an inmate in January. In a joint court filing Friday, the attorney general's office and attorneys representing death row inmates asked a... more »
  • Pope urges Congress to welcome immigrants, protect family

    September 24, 2015 8:20 AM

    WASHINGTON - In his historic address to Congress, Pope Francis urged lawmakers to embrace immigrants, abolish the death penalty, and protect families while also calling for the U. S. to help avert climate change. Tens of thousands of spectators watched from the West Lawn of the Capitol as the... more »
  • Prosecutor mulling death penalty to discuss church slayings

    September 3, 2015 11:18 AM

    COLUMBIA - A South Carolina prosecutor considering whether to pursue the death penalty for a white man charged with killing nine black churchgoers says she will hold a news conference on the case Thursday afternoon. Solicitor Scarlett Wilson's office says she'll address media at 2:45 p.m. Thursday at her office... more »
  • Prosecutors say judge went too far in 'Angola Three' case

    September 2, 2015 10:57 AM

    LOUISIANA- Louisiana prosecutors say a judge went too far when he barred the state from trying longtime state inmate Albert Woodfox for the 43-year-old murder of a prison guard and ordering the inmate's immediate release. The lawyers made the argument Wednesday as they presented their case to a federal appeals... more »
  • Holmes jury declines to rule out death penalty

    August 3, 2015 2:44 PM

    CENTENNIAL, CO - The jury in the Colorado theater shooting trial has again declined to rule out the death penalty as it moves toward sentencing James Holmes. Jurors said Monday that Holmes' lawyers haven't presented a strong enough case to eliminate execution as an option. The decision clears the way... more »
  • Colorado shooting judge holds protester in contempt

    July 30, 2015 7:42 PM

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. - The judge in the Colorado shooting case has sentenced a woman to three weeks in jail for interrupting the lead prosecutor during closing arguments in the latest stage of the penalty phase. Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. found Deborah Cave in contempt, saying her outburst Thursday... more »
  • Federal judge throws out death sentence in double murder

    July 28, 2015 10:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A federal judge has overturned Todd Wessinger's death sentence in the shooting deaths two decades ago of restaurant co-workers 27-year-old Stephanie Guzzardo and 46-year-old David Breakwell. U.S. District Judge James Brady ordered a new penalty phase hearing be held for Wessinger who has been on death row... more »
  • Jury convicts Colorado theater shooter of murder

    July 16, 2015 3:46 PM

    CENTENNIAL, CO - A jury has found Colorado theater shooter James Holmes guilty of murder in the methodically planned attack that left 12 dead and dozens wounded. The verdict means the 27-year-old former neuroscience graduate student could get the death penalty for the 2012 shooting. Jurors reached their... more »
  • Murder victim's son wants death penalty for accused killers Play Video

    May 27, 2015 5:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Tahereh Ghassemi's son is calling for swift justice for the four men accused of killing his mom. "The death penalty is the only thing they deserve," Hamed Ghassemi said. Hamed Ghassemi lifted his silence today for the first time since his father's arrest. Hamid Ghassemi is... more »
  • Nebraska abolishes death penalty in landmark override vote

    May 27, 2015 5:06 PM

    LINCOLN, NB - Nebraska has abolished the death penalty in a landmark veto-override vote backed by a coalition of conservatives who oppose capital punishment. Senators in the one-house Legislature voted 30-19 on Wednesday to override Gov. Pete Ricketts, a Republican who supports the death penalty. The vote makes Nebraska the... more »
  • Sentencing phase begins in CarQuest killings Play Video

    May 5, 2015 7:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Prosecutors made their case that a double murderer should die for his crime. Lee Turner shot two co-workers, Edward Gurtner and Randy Chaney, four years ago in Baton Rouge during a robbery at the CarQuest store at Airline and Siegen Lane. On Tuesday family members... more »
  • Opening statements begin in death penalty trial in Baton Rouge Play Video

    April 30, 2015 4:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Opening statements began today in a high profile murder trial where the death penalty is at stake. According to prosecutors, Lee Turner murdered Edward Gurtner and Randy Chaney in March of 2011, during a robbery. Prosecutors claim he did it to eliminate any witnesses to his... more »
  • Penalty phase of Boston Marathon bombing trial set to begin

    April 21, 2015 8:23 AM

    BOSTON - Attorneys for convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are expected to argue in the penalty phase that his older brother was the mastermind of the attack. Tsarnaev was convicted nearly two weeks ago of all 30 charges against him, and now he faces either life in prison or... more »
  • More marathon survivors ask that bomber not face execution

    April 20, 2015 7:01 AM

    BOSTON (AP) - A married couple who lost limbs in the 2013 Boston Marathon attack has joined the family of an 8-year-old victim in opposing the death penalty for bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes ask the federal government not to put Tsarnaev to death, just as the... more »
  • Oklahoma governor signs bill allowing nitrogen in executions

    April 17, 2015 4:06 PM

    OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma has become the first state in the U.S. to allow the use of nitrogen gas in carrying out executions. Gov. Mary Fallin on Friday signed into law a bill that allows nitrogen to be used if lethal injection is ruled unconstitutional or if the deadly drugs... more »
  • Pharmacists' group discourages providing execution drugs

    March 30, 2015 5:41 PM

    SAN DIEGO - A national pharmacists' group has adopted a policy discouraging its members from providing death-penalty drugs. The American Pharmacists Association's new policy could make it tough for death penalty states, like Texas, that have been looking at made-to-order execution drugs from compounding pharmacies as the answer to an... more »
  • Governor signs law making Utah only state with firing squad

    March 23, 2015 5:56 PM

    SALT LAKE CITY - Utah's governor has signed a law that makes his state the only one to allow firing squads for carrying out executions if no lethal injection drugs are available. Gov. Gary Herbert signed the bill Monday. He has said he finds the method "a little bit gruesome,"... more »
  • Jodi Arias won't be sentenced to death after jury deadlocks

    March 5, 2015 12:02 PM

    PHOENIX - Convicted murderer Jodi Arias has been spared the death penalty after jurors deadlocked on whether she should be executed or sent to prison for life for killing her lover in 2008. The decision in a Phoenix courtroom Thursday means the judge will sentence Arias on April 13 to... more »
  • East Baton Rouge Public Defender's Office in crisis Play Video

    February 25, 2015 6:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Public Defenders Office could be out of money by the end of June and may be forced to layoff attorneys. The results would be a delay in trials for defendants and a release of prisoners awaiting their day in court. Louisiana provides... more »
  • Beauregard murder trial on hold after disability claim

    February 20, 2015 1:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A judge put the murder trial of Aramis Jackson on hold after his attorneys filed a motion which claims the 25-year-old is intellectually disabled and should not face the death penalty for accusations he shot and killed a mother in Beauregard Town. Jackson faces first-degree murder... more »
  • Oklahoma could halt executions for Supreme Court drug review

    January 26, 2015 11:07 AM

    OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma is willing to put three executions on hold while the U.S. Supreme Court reviews whether a certain sedative can render death row inmates sufficiently unconscious. Rather than stop the executions itself, Oklahoma took the unusual step Monday of asking justices for a stay. Oklahoma wants the... more »
  • Seeking death penalty appears set in Boston bombing trial

    January 18, 2015 11:19 AM

    WASHINGTON - Federal prosecutors have given no indication they're willing to make a deal with Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Jury selection in the case is already underway with testimony expected to start later this month. Tsarnaev could face the death penalty if convicted. A former Justice Department prosecutor... more »
  • Theater shooter's parents plead for his life

    December 19, 2014 11:55 AM

    DENVER - Some victims of the Colorado theater shooting are outraged that the parents of suspect James Holmes are pleading for him to be spared the death penalty just weeks before his trial is set to begin. In a statement released Friday, Robert and Arlene Holmes say their son is... more »
  • Jury suggests death penalty in child murder case

    November 9, 2014 10:31 AM

    MOBILE, Ala. - A jury has recommended the death penalty for a man who was convicted in the deaths of his two young children. Jurors in Mobile County, Alabama voted 10-2 on the sentence for John DeBlase and Circuit Judge Rick Stout has set his sentencing for Dec. 11. DeBlase... more »
  • State leaders are trying to put a price on death row

    November 6, 2014 6:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State legislators are trying to figure out just how much it cost the state to execute an inmate on death row. Each inmate sitting on death row costs tax payers a lot of money but the question on the minds of man is exactly how much... more »
  • State leaders are trying to put a price on death row

    November 6, 2014 6:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State legislators are trying to figure out just how much it cost the state to execute an inmate on death row. Each inmate sitting on death row costs tax payers a lot of money but the question on the minds of man is exactly how much... more »
  • Official: Oklahoma not ready for Nov. 13 execution

    October 13, 2014 10:50 AM

    OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt says the state does not have the drugs on hand or the medical staff prepared needed to carry out a Nov. 13 execution, and is requesting a delay until January. In a notice filed late Friday with the Oklahoma Court of Criminal... more »
  • Study commission looking at La. death penalty

    September 24, 2014 5:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A New Orleans state senator is trying to determine how much Louisiana's agencies spend on the death penalty. Sen. J.P. Morrell, a Democrat, is leading a new study commission looking at capital punishment. Its first meeting was Wednesday. Morrell says he's looking for ways to streamline the... more »
  • No death penalty for dad charged in toddler death

    September 24, 2014 2:51 PM

    ATLANTA- A prosecutor says he won't seek the death penalty for a Georgia man whose toddler son died after he was left in a hot vehicle. Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds said Wednesday he won't seek the death penalty against Justin Ross Harris. Harris faces multiple charges, including malice... more »

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