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  • Justices uphold drug used in botched executions

    June 29, 2015 11:23 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has upheld the use of a controversial drug that has been implicated in several botched executions. The justices on Monday voted 5-4 in a case from Oklahoma that the sedative midazolam can be used in executions without violating the Eighth Amendment prohibition on cruel and... more »
  • Trial again delayed in case challenging Louisiana execution method

    June 24, 2015 4:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's next scheduled execution has been stalled for at least another year. U.S. District Judge James Brady agreed Tuesday to the state's request to delay a trial about the constitutionality of Louisiana's execution protocol. A new status conference in the lawsuit was set for July 11, 2016,... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Reports say 'Jihadi John' was raised in UK

    February 26, 2015 8:08 AM

    LONDON - The world knows him as "Jihadi John" -- a masked militant seen holding a knife in videos showing Western hostages being beheaded by the Islamic State group. And now, there's a growing body of evidence that suggests he's a university graduate who was raised in London -- someone... more »
  • Egypt stages 2nd wave of airstrikes against ISIS

    February 16, 2015 7:08 AM

    CAIRO, Egypt - Security officials say Egyptian warplanes have staged a second wave of airstrikes against positions of the Islamic State group in neighboring Libya. The officials said the warplanes struck on Monday in Darna, an extremist stronghold in eastern Libya. The first wave of airstrikes also targeted Darna. The... more »
  • Pope denounces latest ISIS executions

    February 16, 2015 5:03 AM

    VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis has denounced the slaying by the Islamic State of Egyptian Copts in Libya, saying they were "assassinated just for being Christian." Francis spoke off-the-cuff Monday during an audience with a Scottish ecumenical delegation. He said: "They only said 'Jesus help me ...' The blood of... more »
  • Jordan's king vows 'harsh' war against Islamic State

    February 5, 2015 2:00 AM

    AMMAN, Jordan - Jordan's king has vowed to wage a "harsh" war against the Islamic State group after the militants burned a captive Jordanian pilot in a cage and released a video of the killing. The images have sent waves of revulsion across the region. King Abdullah II consulted with... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Senate votes to keep info on execution drugs confidential

    May 27, 2014 4:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A proposal that would allow the Louisiana corrections department to keep information on execution drugs confidential continues to advance in the Legislature. A Senate judiciary committee backed the measure by Rep. Joe Lopinto, R-Metairie, on Tuesday after amending it to allow the state to get drugs used... more »
  • Tennessee brings back the electric chair

    May 23, 2014 3:22 AM

    NASHVILLE, TN - A scarcity of lethal injection drugs for death-row inmates - and increasing concern about new sources for the drugs - has prompted a nationwide debate about whether the method of execution is still feasible or humane. While the rest of the country discusses the issue, Tennessee has... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Appeals court delays disclosure on execution drugs

    March 12, 2014 10:49 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court has delayed a judge's order that Louisiana reveal information about the seller and manufacturer of drugs the state uses in executions. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal on Wednesday agreed to stay the order by U.S. District Judge James Brady. ... more »
  • La. asks to hide purchase site for execution drugs

    February 22, 2014 12:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE- State prison officials are asking to keep secret the seller and manufacturer of the two drugs the Louisiana State Penitentiary has stockpiled for its next execution. In court filings, the state says if it identifies how it's getting the lethal injection drugs, corrections officials may not be able... more »
  • Execution delayed due to new drug check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 3, 2014 5:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A man set to die this Wednesday for the horrific killing of his six-year-old stepson got a break because of questions regarding the drugs that will be used for the lethal injection. Last month in Ohio, it took more than 20 minutes for a man to... more »
  • Man facing execution has unlikely ally

    November 11, 2013 7:32 PM

    ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI- A prisoner scheduled to be executed has support from an unlikely source, a man he shot and paralyzed. Hustler Magazine publisher Larry Flynt was shot by Joseph Paul Franklin 35 years ago, although he is not charged with that. Franklin is set to die in... 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 »
  • Execution date reset for convicted child killer

    September 6, 2013 8:58 AM

    MANSFIELD- State District Judge Robert Burgess in Mansfield has set a Nov. 5 execution date for child killer Christopher Sepulvado. Sepulvado was convicted 20 years ago for the first-degree murder of his 6-year-old stepson, Wesley Allen Mercer. The Times reports Burgess' decision Thursday to sign another execution warrant comes less... more »
  • Court overturns La. man's stay of execution

    August 30, 2013 2:47 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court overturned a judge's order today which canceled the execution of a DeSoto Parish man convicted of beating and scalding his 6-year-old stepson to death in 1992. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled U.S. District Judge James... more »
  • Judge calls off execution scheduled on Ash Wednesday

    February 7, 2013 11:41 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The execution for a Desoto Parish man convicted in the death of his stepson has been put on hold by a federal judge in Baton Rouge. U.S. District Judge James Brady ruled Thursday that state corrections officials have given Christopher Sepulvado too little information about the... more »
  • Jindal rejects call from bishops to stop execution check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 5, 2013 2:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal won't halt a state execution planned for next week of a DeSoto Parish man who murdered his 6-year-old stepson two decades ago. Jindal spokesman Sean Lansing said Tuesday that the governor sees no reason to intervene in the case. Christopher Sepulvado is scheduled to... more »
  • District judge postpones Texas woman's execution

    January 29, 2013 2:16 PM

    HUNTSVILLE, Texas - A Dallas judge has halted the scheduled execution of a Texas woman that was set for Tuesday evening. She would have been the first woman put to death in the U.S. in three years. The order from state District Judge Larry Mitchell moves the execution of 51-year-old... 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 »
  • Texas to execute woman for neighbor's stabbing

    January 29, 2013 2:45 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 »
  • Texas inmate set to die this week loses appeal

    October 29, 2012 10:10 AM

    HOUSTON - The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to review the case of a Louisiana parole violator set to die this week in Texas for the slaying of an East Texas woman at her home nine years ago. Forty-one-year-old Donnie Lee Roberts is set for lethal injection Wednesday evening in... more »
  • Conn. inmate saw oysters as way out from death row

    July 3, 2012 12:24 PM

    HARTFORD, Conn. - A Connecticut man on death row for the killings of a mother and her two daughters in a 2007 home invasion says he came up with a bizarre plan to end his own life by lying about killing others in a spree of violence. In an interview... more »
  • Execution temporarily delayed for a convicted killer

    April 25, 2012 4:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal judge has granted a temporary stay of execution for Todd Wessinger, who was scheduled to be executed on May 9th. Wessinger was convicted for the murders of two workers at a now-closed Calendar's Restaurant on Perkins Road in 1995. U.S. District Judge James... more »
  • Miss. inmate asks US Sup Court to block execution

    March 15, 2012 1:40 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - A Mississippi death row inmate has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block Tuesday's execution based on the argument that his lawyers didn't do a good job and prosecutors discriminated during jury selection. Larry Matthew Puckett is scheduled to die by lethal injection for the 1995 sexual... more »
  • May 9 execution date set in Baton Rouge killings

    March 6, 2012 2:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La.- A judge has set a May 9 execution date for Todd Wessinger, who was convicted in 1997 and sentenced to die in the 1995 slaying of two Baton Rouge restaurant employees. The Advocate reported the date was set Friday for Wessinger by state District Judge Richard Anderson.... more »
  • Prosecutors ask judge to set execution date for convicted killer

    February 28, 2012 2:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Prosecutors have asked a state judge to set an execution date for Todd Wessinger after a federal judge denied his bid for a new trial or sentencing in the 1995 slaying of two employees at the now-closed Calendar's Restaurant. Wessinger's appellate attorneys are expected to... more »
  • Killer of Warrick Dunn's mother ruled mentally ill, cannot be executed check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 23, 2012 4:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The man convicted of killing Baton Rouge native and former NFL star Warrick Dunn's mother cannot be executed. A U.S. District judge said Thursday that the man's mental state is the reason. Kevan Brumfield was convicted and sentenced in the 1993 murder of Baton Rouge police... 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 »
  • Judge Stays Put

    October 14, 2010 8:05 PM

    A state judge in Texas refused to step aside in a hearing that could determine if a man was wrongfully executed even though prosecutors asked him to recuse himself. Judge Charlie Baird says he'll preside over the case that could clear Cameron Willingham of setting a fire that killed... more »
  • Texas jury mulls death sentence for child-killer

    July 29, 2010 12:23 PM

    A Texas jury is deliberating whether to give a death sentence to a 29-year-old man convicted of beheading his common-law wife's three children in 2003. John Allen Rubio faces execution or life in prison with an opportunity for parole after 40 years. Hidalgo County District Judge Noe Gonzalez... more »
  • Clemency decision expected from UT parole board

    June 14, 2010 8:48 AM

    A condemned Utah inmate scheduled for execution by firing squad will soon know if a Utah parole board will grant him clemency. Convicted killer Ronnie Lee Gardner will learn his fate today from the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole. The last time Utah granted clemency to a condemned man... more »
  • Killer wants firing squad execution

    April 23, 2010 8:35 PM

    A condemned killer in Utah ask a judge to be executed by firing squad and the judge granted his request. Ronnie Lee Gardner had the choice between lethal injection or firing squad by a five-member team. Gardner got the death penalty for killing a lawyer 25-years ago during an escape... more »
  • Bin Laden threatens Americans

    March 25, 2010 8:41 PM

    An audio recording said to be of Osama Bin Laden threatens to kill Americans if Khalid Sheik Mohammed is executed. Mohammed is the self-professed mastermind of the 9-11 attacks. He has said that if he is executed, it would make him a martyr and he would welcome it. Al-Jazeera aired... more »
  • Mother of convicted killer speaks after execution

    January 8, 2010 5:38 PM

    The mother of convicted killer Gerald Bordelon told News 2 in her first ever television interview she didn't witness the execution to honor her son's wishes. Gerald Bordelon was put to death by lethal injection Thursday night at the State Penitentiary at Angola. Bordelon killed his 12-year-old stepdaughter Courtney... more »
  • Convicted killer put to death

    January 7, 2010 10:40 PM

    Convicted killer Gerald Bordelon was put to death by lethal injection just after 6 p.m. at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. He is among the first inmates at Angola to waive his right to appeal his death sentence. Bordelon raped and killed his 12-year-old stepdaughter Courtney LeBlanc... 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 »
  • Angola leaders plan for state's first execution in eight years

    January 6, 2010 5:21 PM

    Prison leaders at Angola are preparing to execute a condemned prisoner from Livingston Parish in less than 24 hours. Gerald Bordelon killed his 12-year-old stepdaughter, Courtney Leblanc, back in 2002. He kidnapped, raped and strangled her to death near Florida Boulevard and the Amite River. Warden Burl Cain... more »
  • Bordelon execution set for Thursday

    January 6, 2010 10:44 AM

    Louisiana will conduct its first execution since 2002 when convicted killer Gerald Bordelon is put to death Thursday by injection for murdering his 12-year-old stepdaughter. State prison officials say they don't expect any last-minute disruption to the execution plans at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. Bordelon waived his right... more »
  • DC Sniper's son reacts to father's execution

    November 13, 2009 4:56 PM

    The son of DC Sniper John Allen Muhammad told reporters Friday afternoon he loves his father despite what he did seven years ago. Muhammad was executed Tuesday night in Virginia. He's responsible for killing 10 and nearly paralyzing the nation's capital back in 2002. His teenage accomplice, Lee... more »
  • D.C.-area sniper John Allen Muhammad executed

    November 10, 2009 9:53 PM

    John Allen Muhammad died by injection at 9:11 p.m. EST at the Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt, Va., according to prison spokesman Larry Traylor. Muhammad was the mastermind of the sniper attacks that terrorized the nation's capital region for three weeks in October 2002. Muhammad had no final statement.... more »
  • Supreme Court refuses to block execution

    November 9, 2009 11:57 AM

    The U.S. Supreme Court refused to block Tuesday's scheduled execution of sniper mastermind John Allen Muhammad. He is scheduled to die by injection at a Virginia prison for the slaying of Dean Harold Meyers at a gas station during a three-week spree in October 2002 across Maryland, Virginia and... more »
  • Sniper to appeal execution

    November 3, 2009 9:52 AM

    Attorneys for sniper mastermind John Allen Muhammad plan to file an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court in an effort to stop next week's execution. Muhammad is scheduled to die by lethal injection Nov. 10 at a Virginia prison, for the slaying of Dean Harold Meyers at a Manassas, Va.,... more »
  • Court sets execution date for DC sniper mastermind

    September 16, 2009 9:02 AM

    A Virginia judge on Wednesday set a Nov. 10 execution date for John Allen Muhammad, mastermind of the 2002 sniper attacks in the Washington, D.C., area that left 10 dead. The attorney general's office last week requested that the execution be on Nov. 9, but Prince William County Circuit... more »

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