- Missouri Senate debates repealing death penalty Updated: Feb-08-16 9:30 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - The Republican-led Missouri Senate for the first time in years debated a bill to repeal the state's death penalty, though the measure is unlikely to advance.
- Opponents rally against Delaware death penalty Updated: Feb-08-16 11:51 am
DOVER, Delaware - Opponents of capital punishment are protesting the defeat of a bill repealing Delaware's death penalty and what they describe as chronic racial injustice in the state.
- Bledsoe case influences bill requiring taped interrogations Updated: Feb-07-16 12:49 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Law enforcement would be required to record some interrogations under a bill influenced by the case of a Kansas man who spent nearly 16 years behind bars for a killing his brother eventually admitted to committing.
- Arkansas asks for oral arguments on execution challenge Updated: Feb-05-16 6:06 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Attorneys for the Arkansas attorney general's office has asked the state Supreme Court to hold oral arguments in the state's appeal of a lower court's ruling not to dismiss a constitutional challenge to an execution secrecy law.
- Panel defeats bill banning use of 'secret' execution drugs Updated: Feb-04-16 12:42 pm
RICHMOND, Virginia - A Virginia legislative committee has defeated a measure that sought to prohibit officials from using execution drugs they received from another state if they don't reveal the source of the drugs.
- Lacking execution drugs, Virginia eyes the electric chair Updated: Feb-03-16 5:42 pm
RICHMOND, Virginia - A proposal that would force inmates to die by electric chair if lethal injection drugs can't be found is gaining steam in Virginia, in part because of a looming execution scheduled for next month.
- The Latest: Oldest death row inmate in Georgia executed Updated: Feb-03-16 1:07 am
ATLANTA - The Latest on the execution of Georgia's oldest death row inmate (all times local):
- Utah bill could allow executions of human traffickers Updated: Feb-02-16 6:57 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - A proposal approved by a panel of Utah lawmakers Tuesday could allow the state to execute someone convicted of human trafficking if the victim later dies because of the crime.
- Florida delays execution as state works on new system Updated: Feb-02-16 5:57 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Florida's highest court has delayed the execution of a condemned inmate, just weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court found flaws in the way the state sentences people to death.
- The Latest: Florida high court delays inmate's execution Updated: Feb-02-16 4:47 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - The Latest on a Florida death row inmate who is scheduled to die Feb. 11 (all times local):
- Judge rejects legal action in Nebraska death-penalty vote Updated: Feb-02-16 11:23 am
LINCOLN, Nebraska - A Lancaster County judge has rejected a lawsuit challenging the death-penalty question going to Nebraska voters in November, but has also prevented a pro-death penalty group from being part of another suit challenging ballot wording.
- Judge puts all capital murder trials on hold in Delaware Updated: Feb-01-16 5:20 pm
DOVER, Delaware - A judge has halted all trials and penalty hearings in Delaware capital murder cases while the state's Supreme Court mulls the constitutionality of the state's death penalty law.
- Republican House member decides not to seek re-election Updated: Feb-01-16 3:56 pm
FRANKFORT, Kentucky - State Rep. David Floyd said Monday he will not seek re-election this year, giving Republicans another seat to defend in trying to claim control of the Kentucky House and complete their takeover of the General Assembly.
- Delaware capital murder trials put on hold Updated: Feb-01-16 3:31 pm
DOVER, Delaware - A Superior Court judge has halted all trials and penalty hearings in capital murder cases while Delaware's Supreme Court mulls the constitutionality of the state's death penalty law.
- Florida legislators promise to keep death penalty, fix law Updated: Jan-27-16 8:52 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Saying it's time to put the "death penalty" debate to rest, the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature began taking its first steps Wednesday to find a way to preserve executions in the state.
- Mississippi could debate firing squad as execution method Updated: Jan-27-16 7:18 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - Mississippi's attorney general said Wednesday that he will ask lawmakers to approve the firing squad, electrocution or nitrogen gas as alternate methods of execution in case the state is prevented from giving lethal injections.
- Ohio bill would spare severely mentally ill from execution Updated: Jan-27-16 7:35 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A person judged to suffer from severe mental illness at the time of a killing that could result in a death sentence would be spared from capital punishment under a bill before Ohio lawmakers.
- Maine governor jokes about using guillotine on drug dealers Updated: Jan-26-16 2:05 pm
AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine Gov. Paul LePage says with a laugh that he wants to use the guillotine to execute drug dealers at public executions.
- Amnesty: Dozens of juvenile offenders face death in Iran Updated: Jan-25-16 7:21 pm
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Dozens of people who were arrested in Iran for crimes committed before they turned 18 remain at risk of the death penalty despite recent reforms, with many having already spent years on death row, according to a report by Amnesty International released Tuesday.
- Supreme Court rejects appeal to outlaw death penalty Updated: Jan-25-16 9:45 am
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court is rejecting a Pennsylvania inmate's appeal to consider banning the death penalty across the United States.
- Efforts to repeal Kansas death penalty may be stalled Updated: Jan-24-16 3:14 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - A U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the death sentences of three convicted murderers in Kansas may undermine support for a bill that would repeal the state's death penalty, a sponsor of the measure said.
- California eyes 1-drug executions amid debate Updated: Jan-22-16 5:33 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - Californians face a watershed year as they prepare to decide whether to resume executions that stopped a decade ago or end them entirely.
- The Latest: Opponent says state risks botched executions Updated: Jan-22-16 2:10 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - The latest on the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations hearing on California's proposed use of one lethal injection for executions (all times local):
- Court won't stop Alabama execution scheduled for Thursday Updated: Jan-19-16 9:26 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - A federal appeals court on Tuesday declined to halt Alabama's first scheduled execution in more than two years.
- Court won't stop Alabama execution scheduled for Thursday Updated: Jan-19-16 5:40 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - A federal appeals court has declined to stop an upcoming execution in Alabama.