- Kan. 'Hard 50' cases back before Supreme Court Updated: Dec-07-13 1:17 pm
- After teacher's death, suspect's trial in doubt Updated: Dec-06-13 3:49 pm
- Judge declines to lift execution ban Updated: Dec-05-13 5:42 pm
- Crawford seeking new trial in capital murder case Updated: Nov-30-13 10:05 am
- Ga. high court reinstates many death sentences Updated: Nov-28-13 5:41 pm
- Court upholds constitutionality of death penalty Updated: Nov-25-13 9:07 pm
- Mo. may carry out more executions using new method Updated: Nov-20-13 7:10 pm
- Texas court rejects condemned inmate's appeal Updated: Nov-20-13 5:52 pm
- Arkansas lawmakers discuss execution options Updated: Nov-19-13 7:49 pm
- Courts, governor still weighing Missouri execution Updated: Nov-18-13 2:43 pm
- SLC NAACP asks Missouri governor to halt execution Updated: Nov-15-13 4:56 pm
- Condemned man's wish raises ethical questions Updated: Nov-14-13 6:31 pm
- Court reinstates death penalty notice for Monfort Updated: Nov-14-13 2:59 pm
- Organ-donor request delays Ohio killer's execution Updated: Nov-13-13 11:16 pm
- Federal judge halts Feb. execution in Delaware Updated: Nov-13-13 5:56 pm
- Death penalty appeal before Miss. high court Updated: Nov-13-13 1:50 pm
- Carter calls for abolition of death penalty Updated: Nov-12-13 4:17 pm
- Lawyers appeal Conn. death penalty ruling Updated: Nov-11-13 11:35 am
- New execution date set for Missouri inmate Updated: Nov-08-13 4:56 pm
- Judge to decide treatment of mentally ill inmates Updated: Nov-07-13 5:40 pm
- Oklahoma lawmaker wants death row organ donations Updated: Nov-06-13 4:08 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Attorneys will go before the Kansas Supreme Court next week to argue cases related to the state's "Hard 50" prison sentence and whether changes made to the law by legislators in September can be applied retroactively.
SIDNEY, Montana - The killing of a much-loved high school teacher nearly two years ago has weighed heavily in rural Montana. Hundreds of people helped search for Sherry Arnold and calls for frontier-style justice greeted the arrest of the man accused of killing her.
FRANKFORT, Kentucky - A circuit court judge who halted lethal injections in 2010 has declined to lift that injunction, ruling Thursday that a lawsuit brought by death row inmates over Kentucky's execution procedures has some unresolved issues.
JACKSON, Mississippi - Mississippi death row inmate Charles Ray Crawford is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review an alleged constitutional error in his new trial for the slaying of a junior college student.
ATLANTA - In the last five years, the Georgia Supreme Court has considered eight cases where lower courts threw out a death sentence handed down by a trial jury.
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland - Maryland's highest court has rejected a claim by a man on death row that his sentence is unconstitutional.
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Once one of the most active death penalty states in the U.S., Missouri carried out its first execution in nearly three years Wednesday after turning to a compounding pharmacy to make the drug it needs for lethal injections.
HOUSTON - Texas' highest criminal court on Wednesday rejected an appeal from a convicted killer in a Houston case where supporters contend his death sentence unfairly was based on race.
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Lawmakers are trying to figure out how Arkansas' prison system can carry out death sentences.
ST. LOUIS - The Missouri Supreme Court and Gov. Jay Nixon continued Monday to weigh requests to halt the execution of Joseph Paul Franklin, with time dwindling before the serial killer is scheduled to be put to death.
SALT LAKE CITY - The head of the NAACP's Salt Lake City branch is asking Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to commute a death sentence for a white serial killer who authorities say was driven by racial hatred when he murdered two black Salt Lake City joggers in 1980.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - An eleventh-hour request by an Ohio death row inmate to donate his organs is raising troubling moral and medical questions among transplant experts and ethicists.
OLYMPIA, Washington - The state Supreme Court ruled Thursday that King County prosecutors can seek the death penalty against a man accused of killing a Seattle police officer.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio's governor delayed a condemned child killer's execution on Wednesday to study the feasibility of accommodating the unusual request by a state death row inmate to donate his organs.
DOVER, Delaware - A federal judge has stayed the execution of a Delaware man convicted of killing his wife while he appeals his conviction in federal court.
JACKSON, Mississippi - Prosecutors argued Wednesday that no U.S. Supreme Court decision ties the hands of the Mississippi appellate courts in upholding death sentences even when a trial jury considers inadmissible evidence.
ATLANTA - Former President Jimmy Carter said Tuesday there are overwhelming ethical, financial and religious reasons to abolish the death penalty all over the world.
HARTFORD, Connecticut - Lawyers for some of Connecticut's death row inmates have appealed a decision by a judge who ruled there are no systemic racial or geographic biases in the way state prosecutors seek the death penalty.
ST. LOUIS - A Missouri execution postponed last month amid debate over the state's choice of execution drug was rescheduled Friday for Dec. 11.
SACRAMENTO, California - Attorneys for the state and those representing prison inmates presented starkly different views Thursday of prison guards' use of pepper spray against the mentally ill as they completed closing arguments in a federal use-of-force trial.
OKLAHOMA CITY - A state lawmaker says he wants to give Oklahoma's death row inmates a chance at redemption by donating their organs before their execution.