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  • 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 »
  • Lawmakers back search for new execution methods

    May 21, 2014 1:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Legislation to direct Louisiana's corrections department to search for alternatives to lethal injection when carrying out the death penalty has started advancing in the House. The House criminal justice committee passed the measure Wednesday by Metairie Rep. Joe Lopinto after hearing support from Corrections Undersecretary Thomas Bickham.... more »
  • Lawmaker pushes for alternative execution method

    May 19, 2014 12:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A state lawmaker is pushing for Louisiana to consider alternatives to lethal injection in response to a nationwide shortage of the drugs used to execute prisoners. Metairie Rep. Joe Lopinto has a resolution that would direct the Department of Corrections to recommend alternative execution methods if drugs... more »
  • 6-month stay sought in delayed Oklahoma execution

    May 5, 2014 3:05 PM

    OKLAHOMA CITY - Attorneys for an Oklahoma inmate who had been set to be put to death the same night as a botched execution are asking the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals to grant a stay for at least six months pending a review into what went wrong last week.... more »
  • Botched execution offers new evidence to attorneys

    April 30, 2014 3:48 PM

    ST. LOUIS - A bungled execution in Oklahoma provides death penalty opponents with a fresh, startling example of how lethal injections can go wrong. But the odds of successfully challenging the nation's main execution method will probably hinge on exactly what caused Clayton Lockett's apparent agony. If the four-time felon... more »
  • Appeals court: Texas executions back on schedule

    April 2, 2014 12:08 PM

    HOUSTON - The executions of two Texas inmates are back on schedule after a federal appeals court overturned a judge's order halting the lethal injections. A federal appeals court reversed a lower court's order blocking the punishments so the inmates' lawyers could get information about the lethal drug used to... more »
  • Texas must tell attorneys execution drug supplier

    March 27, 2014 11:56 AM

    HOUSTON - A state judge has ordered the Texas prison agency to disclose to attorneys for two inmates its supplier of a new batch of execution drugs. The ruling Thursday in Austin comes one day after attorneys for two death row inmates filed a lawsuit against the Texas Department of... more »
  • Oklahoma judge tosses execution law

    March 26, 2014 11:38 AM

    OKLAHOMA CITY - A judge has ruled Oklahoma's execution law unconstitutional for not allowing inmate access to the court system. The source of drugs for the execution may not be disclosed under the Oklahoma law, even if an inmate sues to discover the information. County District Judge Patricia Parrish... more »
  • La. appeals order to release execution drug source

    March 11, 2014 1:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana corrections officials are asking a federal appeals court to overturn a ruling that would require disclosure of the seller and manufacturer of the state's execution drugs. Judge James Brady ruled last week that the corrections department must reveal this week the information about where it... more »
  • Audit: Little monitoring of La. public defenders

    February 17, 2014 10:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The board that oversees Louisiana's public defender system does a poor job of making sure the lawyers defending clients accused of first-degree murder and facing the death penalty are providing adequate legal representation. That's the finding of a report released Monday by the Legislative Auditor's office. The... more »
  • Prosecutors could seek death penalty for 1984 murder Play Video

    February 5, 2014 5:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Prosecutors could seek the death penalty against a woman accused of murdering a man nearly 30 years ago. All sides were in court today. Prosecutors say defense lawyers needed more time to file motions to suppress a confession Leila Mulla allegedly made after her second arrest in... more »
  • Corrections department says it has execution drugs

    January 31, 2014 4:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The corrections department says it has the two drugs needed to execute a DeSoto Parish man next week by lethal injection. Christopher Sepulvado is scheduled to be executed Feb. 5 for the 1992 murder of his 6-year-old stepson. Louisiana's corrections department announced this week it... more »
  • Holmes defense, prosecutors resume evidence battle

    October 21, 2013 8:41 AM

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. - James Holmes returns to court for another round of skirmishes over what evidence can be used against him when he goes on trial for the Colorado theater shootings. Pretrial hearings resume Monday. Defense lawyers and prosecutors are battling over any scrap of evidence that could... more »
  • It's not forgive and forget

    October 17, 2013 7:43 PM

    LOS ANGELES- Porn publisher Larry Flynt says he doesn't want the man who shot and paralyzed him executed for the crime. Flynt says he'd love to take pliers and a pair of wire cutters to Joseph Paul Franklin, but Flynt says he doesn't believe in the death penalty. Franklin is... more »
  • Death penalty protocol focus of Mass. bomb hearing

    September 23, 2013 8:53 AM

    BOSTON - Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will ask a judge to discuss the timeline and procedure for prosecutors to decide whether to seek the death penalty. The status conference is being held Monday in federal court. The 20-year-old Tsarnaev isn't expected to attend. U.S.... more »
  • Death penalty sought in officer's shooting

    August 2, 2013 8:48 AM

    FRANKLIN - Prosecutors in St. Mary Parish will seek the death penalty against a Charenton man indicted in the deaths earlier this year of a neighbor and a Chitimacha Tribal Police officer. The announcement came as 48-year-old Wilbert Thibodeaux changed his plea to not guilty by reason of insanity... more »
  • Death penalty despite DA's plea

    July 24, 2013 7:32 PM

    COLUMBUS, OHIO- The governor of Ohio rejected clemency for a condemned killer despite a rare plea from a prosecutor for a life sentence without parole. Billy Slagle stabbed his neighbor to death in 1987 and his lawyers have long argued for clemency since he was 18 and a drug addict... more »
  • US soldier pleads guilty in Afghan massacre

    June 5, 2013 11:24 AM

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - The American soldier charged with killing 16 Afghan civilians during nighttime raids on two villages last year has pleaded guilty to avoid the death penalty. Staff Sgt. Robert Bales entered the plea Wednesday in a military courtroom to multiple counts of premeditated murder and other... more »
  • Arias: I'd rather die

    May 8, 2013 9:43 PM

    PHOENIX - The woman convicted of killing her ex said she prefers to die. Jodi Arias said in a post-conviction interview with a TV station she would rather the death penalty over life in prison. She said she would "prefer to die sooner than later" and that "death is... more »
  • Holmes trial delayed because of death penalty

    April 1, 2013 12:37 PM

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. - Now that prosecutors have decided to seek the death penalty against James Holmes, the trial of the man accused in last year's movie theater attack in Colorado will be delayed -- at least until February. And the judge in the case acknowledged today that even that much... more »
  • Colo. prosecutors seeking death penalty for Holmes

    April 1, 2013 10:14 AM

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. - Prosecutors want James Holmes executed for last year's attack on an Aurora movie theater. They announced their intention to seek the death penalty against Holmes in court on Monday. Last week prosecutors said they rejected an offer from Holmes' attorney to have him plead guilty to avoid... more »
  • Lack of death penalty attorneys leads to wait for justice Play Video

    February 22, 2013 2:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A News 2 investigation uncovered that death penalty trials are being pushed back over and over again due to the lack of qualified lawyers, and the families of victims are giving up hope during their long wait for justice. There are only two public defenders in... more »
  • Texas to execute woman for neighbor's stabbing

    January 29, 2013 10:43 AM

    HUNTSVILLE, Texas - The execution of a Texas woman convicted of murdering her 71-year-old neighbor will mark the first time in three years that a woman has been put to death in the U.S. Fifty-one-year-old Kimberly McCarthy is scheduled for lethal injection Tuesday evening for the 1997 fatal stabbing of... more »
  • La. Supreme Court denies bid of death row inmate

    January 28, 2013 9:44 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Louisiana Supreme Court has denied a bid to block the scheduled execution of condemned child-killer Christopher Sepulvado. Sepulvado is scheduled to die by lethal injection on Feb. 13. Louisiana's last execution took place in 2010. The 69-year-old man's lawyers argued he should be allowed to challenge... more »
  • Prosecutors to seek death penalty in July killing

    January 4, 2013 7:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney's Office will seek the death penalty against a 28-year-old man charged in the shooting death of his girlfriend and the wounding of her 11-year-old niece. Devon Livous is accused of killing the 28-year-old woman and shooting her niece in the... more »
  • DA to go after accused killer with death penalty

    January 3, 2013 4:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The district attorney plans to seek the death penalty in the case against Devon Terrell Livous. Livous is accused of killing Raolatu Alowonle and shooting her 11-year-old niece in the leg on Ryder Drive in July. Prosecutors allege that Livous knew opening fire on the two women... more »

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