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  • Oklahoma court stops 3 pending executions after drug glitch

    October 2, 2015 1:03 PM

    OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma's highest criminal court has agreed to halt three upcoming executions after the state's prison system received the wrong drug for a lethal injection this week. In a unanimous ruling Friday, the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals granted the state's request and issued indefinite stays of execution... more »
  • Two dozen on Ohio death row, no lethal drugs to execute

    September 5, 2015 11:48 AM

    COLUMBUS, Ohio - The number of condemned Ohio killers is now at two dozen even though the state can't find supplies of lethal drugs to execute them. The prison system now has just over four months to obtain the drugs if it hopes to execute the first inmate of 24... more »
  • Judge orders temporary halt to Mississippi executions

    August 25, 2015 6:42 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - A federal judge has temporarily blocked the state of Mississippi from carrying out executions. U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate issued a temporary restraining order Tuesday in a case where three inmates have sued. An online federal court docket reflects that Wingate has issued a restraining order,... more »
  • 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 »

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