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  • 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 »
  • Bombing suspect charged, could face death penalty

    April 22, 2013 3:19 PM

    BOSTON- Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction to kill, and he could face the death penalty if convicted. Tsarnaev, 19, was accused by federal prosecutors of joining with his older brother to set off the two pressure-cooker bombs that sprayed... 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 »
  • Death penalty sought for 4 of 5 accused murderers Play Video

    December 18, 2012 4:24 PM

    GONZALES- Prosecutors in Ascension Parish are seeking the death penalty against four of the five men arrested and charged in a triple murder in Gonzales this year. In court, prosecutors stated the death penalty would be sought against Michael Aikens, Rolondo Stewart, Travis Moore and Bernard James. Devon James... more »
  • Death penalty sought for 4 of 5 triple murder suspects

    December 18, 2012 11:44 AM

    GONZALES - Prosecutors announced today they intend to seek the death penalty against four of the five people accused of killing an Ascension Parish couple and their son. Prosecutors said they would not seek the death penalty for Devon James, who pleaded not guilty to the killings earlier this... more »
  • Egypt to try 7 Copts, US pastor over Prophet film

    September 18, 2012 12:42 PM

    CAIRO - Egypt's general prosecutor has issued arrest warrants for seven Egyptian Coptic Christians and a Florida-based American pastor and referred them to trial on charges linked to an anti-Islam film that has sparked riots across the Muslim world. The prosecutor's office says the seven men and one woman, all... more »
  • Prosecutors seek death penalty in kidnap case

    August 2, 2012 9:41 AM

    JACKSON, Miss. - Federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty against a man who was declared dead in Mississippi in 1994 and surfaced years later as a suspect in the deaths of his Las Vegas girlfriend and her daughter. Thomas Steven Sanders is charged in U.S. District Court in Alexandria,... more »
  • Death penalty tossed in killing of rocker's mom

    July 17, 2012 12:39 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - The California Supreme Court has tossed out the death sentence for a man convicted of killing rock guitarist Dave Navarro's mother and her friend nearly 30 years ago. The justices said Monday the trial judge hearing the case against John Riccardi improperly dismissed a prospective juror because... more »
  • Suspect in 5 killings isn't facing death penalty

    July 16, 2012 4:58 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Justice Department does not intend to seek the death penalty against a New Orleans man charged with having a role in five 2007 killings, including an off-duty police officer's fatal shooting. A two-page court filing Monday by U.S. Attorney Jim Letten's office didn't explain its decision... more »
  • Houston woman indicted in slaying, baby abduction

    June 27, 2012 12:52 PM

    CONROE, Texas - A Houston woman accused of killing a mother and snatching her newborn son has been indicted on a capital murder charge. Verna McClain is being held without bond Wednesday in the Montgomery County Jail. She was indicted Tuesday. Prosecutors have not said whether they will seek the... more »
  • Feds get deadline to weigh death penalty for man

    April 10, 2012 8:18 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has set a July 5 deadline for the Justice Department to decide whether to seek the death penalty against a New Orleans man charged with having a role in five killings, including an off-duty police officer's fatal shooting. A March 15 indictment claims 27-year-old... more »
  • Another state to ban death penalty

    April 5, 2012 12:16 PM

    HARTFORD - Connecticut is on track to become the fifth state in five years to abolish the death penalty. Foes of capital punishment say it's part of a growing national sentiment against executing prisoners. The Connecticut Sentate today approved a bill to repeal the death penalty in the state. The... more »
  • Death penalty off table in Dutchtown slaying

    March 13, 2012 2:34 PM

    GONZALES, La.- Prosecutors in Ascension Parish say they have decided not to seek the death penalty against a man accused in a 22-year-old kidnapping, rape and slaying of an 18-year-old Dutchtown woman. Prosecutors agreed Monday to reduce a first-degree murder charge against 56-year-old Tolbert Morris of Carville to second-degree murder... more »
  • Grandmother to face capital charge in girl's death

    March 1, 2012 1:00 PM

    Grandmother to face capital charge in girl's death Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. JAY REEVES Associated Press GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) - Alabama prosecutors say they are filing a capital murder charge - which carries the possibility of the death penalty - against a grandmother accused of running her 9-year-old granddaughter... more »
  • Grandmother charged with murder

    March 1, 2012 10:44 AM

    GADSDEN, AL. - A grandmother accused of running her 9-year-old granddaughter to death has been charged with capital murder which carries the possibility of the death penalty. 46-year-old Joyce Garrard was characterized by prosecutors as the "drill sergeant from hell." Garrard and 27-year-old Jessica Mae Hardin, the girl's... more »
  • Death penalty sought in child's slaying

    February 24, 2012 7:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney's Office will seek the death penalty against a man accused in the 2006 asphyxiation death of his 2-year-old daughter. Cedric and Shelna Matamoros were indicted on first-degree murder charges in May and are being held without bond. Prosecutor Steve Danielson... more »
  • Declared dead suspect wants indictment thrown out

    February 20, 2012 12:40 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - Attorneys for a man who was declared dead and later charged in the kidnapping of a Las Vegas girl are asking a judge to dismiss one of the indictments against him. Thomas Steven Sanders was indicted in 2010 for kidnapping resulting in the death of Lexis Roberts,... more »
  • St Martin Parish DA to seek death penalty

    February 7, 2012 8:43 AM

    ST. MARTINVILLE - The St. Martin Parish District Attorney's Office plans to seek the death penalty against the daughter and granddaughter of an 83-year-old Breaux Bridge woman found strangled in November at Lake Martin. Assistant District Attorney Chester Cedars tells The Advocate a grand jury indicted Heller Marie Dupuis, and... more »
  • Life for hit man in 1994 killer cop case

    December 21, 2011 12:27 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A hit man who avoided the death penalty has been sentenced to life in prison for killing a woman at the direction of a New Orleans police officer. Victim Kim Groves' two adult children addressed U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan before she sentenced Paul Hardy on Tuesday.... more »
  • Couple held without bond in bloody saw slaying

    November 30, 2011 12:35 PM

    LAS VEGAS - A Las Vegas couple found with a bloody saw and clothing in their apartment will be jailed without bond until an evidentiary hearing next month on charges they killed a neighbor whose body was found outside in a box. Twenty-year-olds Anthony Stiger and Melanie Costantini said... more »
  • Prosecutors won't seek death penalty against Stampley

    October 19, 2011 11:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Prosecutors announced today they will not seek the death penalty against Trucko Stampley, who is accused of killing four people in 2007. Stampley is accused of killing Marie and Denise Pedescleaux, as well as Charles and Ann Lynn Colvin four years ago. Family members of the... more »
  • Death penalty sought in auto parts store killings

    August 31, 2011 3:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Prosecutors have begun filling out formal paperwork to seek the death penalty against a man accused of robbing and murdering two men in Baton Rouge. It happened after a hearing in District Court today. The crime happened at the Carquest Auto Parts Store in March of this... more »
  • State rests case in slayings of 11 Cleveland women

    July 18, 2011 12:24 PM

    CLEVELAND - The prosecution has rested its case in the trial of a Cleveland man charged with killing 11 women and dumping their remains around his house and yard. The final witness for the state was homicide Detective Lem Griffin. He participated in the interrogation of 51-year-old defendant... more »
  • Jury begins deliberating in Casey Anthony trial

    July 4, 2011 12:36 PM

    ORLANDO, Fla. - Jurors have begun deliberating in the Casey Anthony murder trial. The jury of seven women and five men will consider whether Anthony is guilty of first-degree murder in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee. If convicted of that charge, the 25-year-old could get the... more »
  • Tucson suspect charged with murders of judge, aide

    March 4, 2011 1:29 PM

    PHOENIX - The suspect in the Tucson, Ariz., shooting rampage has been indicted on new charges that include the murders of a federal judge and a congressional aide. The charges filed Friday were added to other federal counts that 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner already faced in the Jan. 8... more »
  • Va. inmate pleads guilty to second prisoner murder

    February 11, 2011 12:39 PM

    RICHMOND, Va. - A Virginia inmate who warned officials he would kill again if not given the death penalty for murdering his cellmate has pleaded guilty to killing a second inmate. A Wise County judge took Robert Gleason Jr.'s plea under advisement, but said Friday he would not accept... more »
  • High court upholds death penalty in church deaths

    November 30, 2010 4:41 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's Supreme Court has upheld the convictions and death penalty for Anthony Bell, who killed four of his in-laws and his wife after bursting into a Baton Rouge church in 2006. Bell was convicted in 2008 of five counts of first-degree murder and one of attempted first-degree... more »
  • Death penalty sought for accused Beauregard Town killer

    October 12, 2010 5:06 PM

    Prosecutors in Baton Rouge said this morning they would seek the death penalty for the man accused of murdering a mother and shooting her daughter six times during a home invasion in Beauregard Town last month. District Attorney Hillar Moore made the announcement during the initial court appearance for 20-year-old... more »
  • Indiana teen pleads guilty to brother's strangling

    September 13, 2010 12:53 PM

    An Indiana teenager who police say strangled his 10-year-old brother to satisfy an urge he likened to hunger pleaded guilty to murder charges Monday, a court official said. Andrew Conley, 18, entered his plea as jury selection was to begin for his trial in the small Ohio River town... more »
  • Feds won't seek death penalty in Katrina shooting

    September 10, 2010 4:57 PM

    The Justice Department doesn't intend to seek the death penalty against four current or former New Orleans police officers charged in deadly shootings on a bridge after Hurricane Katrina. Prosecutors disclosed the decision in a court filing Friday. A July indictment charged Sgts. Robert Gisevius and Kenneth Bowen, officer Anthony... more »
  • Death Penalty sought in Frozen Baby case

    September 7, 2010 7:32 PM

    Prosecutors in Illinois say they will seek the death penalty for a woman charged with the murder of a newborn whose frozen body was found in a plastic bag and dropped off on a dead-end road. Twenty-nine year old Katie Stockton of Rockford pleaded not guilty to the charge. Residents... more »
  • Illinois prosecutors to seek death in frozen baby case

    September 7, 2010 12:50 PM

    Prosecutors will seek the death penalty against a woman charged with the murder of a newborn girl whose frozen body was found in a plastic bag on a dead-end road in northern Illinois. The Rockford Register-Star says the Winnebago County state's attorney made the announcement Tuesday in the case... more »
  • Lafourche DA seeks death penalty in woman's murder

    August 25, 2010 8:34 AM

    The Lafourche Parish District Attorney's Office will seek the death penalty against four men accused of raping and killing a Cut Off woman earlier this year. Esdras Garcia, Luis Nava, Jose Moreno and Gonzalo Cortes are accused of repeatedly raping and then killing Angela Laudun after meeting her at a... more »
  • Deadline extended for death penalty decision

    August 18, 2010 5:34 AM

    The deadline for the Justice Department to decide whether to seek the death penalty against four current or former New Orleans police officers charged in deadly shootings on a bridge after Hurricane Katrina has been extended. Prosecutors now have until Sept. 10 to announce a decision instead of Aug. 31.... more »
  • Holliday sentenced to death

    March 17, 2010 1:16 PM

    An East Baton Rouge Parish jury recommended the death penalty for Dacarius Holliday Wednesday afternoon. The jury deliberated for about an hour and a half. The verdict was announced at 1:45 p.m. Holliday was found guilty of first degree murder Sunday in the death of 2-year-old Darian Coon.... more »
  • Jury deliberating in Holliday trial

    March 14, 2010 2:05 PM

    The fate of a man accused of killing his 2-year old girlfriend's son is in the hands of an East Baton Rouge Parish Jury. Prosecutors say Decarius Holliday beat 2-year-old Darian Coon to death almost three years ago. They claim Holliday got upset when Coon urinated on himself. ... more »
  • Bordelon execution set for tonight

    January 7, 2010 11:01 AM

    Prison officials and a lawyer for convicted killer Gerald Bordelon said they don't expect any last-minute disruptions to plans for Bordelon's execution Thursday evening. It will be Louisiana's first execution since 2002. Bordelon, 47, is scheduled to be put to death by injection at the Louisiana State Penitentiary between 6... more »
  • Death sentence upheld for convicted cop killer

    October 20, 2009 2:26 PM

    Louisiana's Supreme Court has upheld the conviction and death sentence of Shedran Williams for the May 2004 murder of a Baton Rouge police officer. Williams was convicted of shooting Lt. Vickie Wax while she was working a security detail at a now-closed Wal-Mart in Baton Rouge. Williams, then 33, shot... more »
  • Supreme Court not reviewing La. death penalty

    October 5, 2009 2:31 PM

    The Supreme Court has ruled against a challenge to the way the death penalty is imposed in Louisiana. The high court rejected an appeal today by a woman convicted for her role in a brutal New Year's Day attack on a retired minister in 2003. Her death sentence... more »
  • Court hearing for Trucko Stampley

    September 17, 2009 5:22 AM

    Today a court hearing is set for accused killer Trucko Stampley where prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. Stampley is accused of killing Marie and Denise Pedescleaux and Charles and Ann Lynn Colvin. Stampley has pleaded not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity. No trial date has been... more »

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