- AP news guide: lethal injection drug in Tennessee Updated: May-06-15 5:58 pm
KNOXVILLE, Tennessee - Thirty-four death-row inmates in Tennessee are challenging the state's lethal injections protocols. On Wednesday, their attorneys asked the state Supreme Court to let them challenge Tennessee's backup method of execution as well: the electric chair.
- Alabama editorial roundup Updated: May-06-15 12:37 pm
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- Court sets 2018 execution dates for 3 condemned Ohio killers Updated: May-04-15 10:28 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio Supreme Court has set execution dates in 2018 for three condemned killers, scheduling the procedures far in the future at a time the state is struggling to obtain lethal drugs.
- Pace of death sentences, executions slows in Virginia Updated: May-03-15 1:16 pm
RICHMOND, Virginia - A prosecutor's decision not to seek a death penalty for the man accused of abducting and killing a University of Virginia student is emblematic of capital punishment's decline across the country and in the state that once operated one of the busiest execution chambers in the nation.
- Manufacturer asks Oklahoma to return any execution drugs Updated: Apr-30-15 10:20 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Illinois-based manufacturer of a drug used in Oklahoma's lethal injection process is asking the state to return any supplies it may have obtained and not to use its products to execute prisoners.
- Supreme Court debates challenge to execution drug Updated: Apr-29-15 4:29 pm
WASHINGTON - Supreme Court justices engaged in an impassioned debate Wednesday about capital punishment, trading unusually combative words in a case involving a drug used in several botched executions.
- Australia wary of escalating rift after Indonesia executions Updated: Apr-29-15 2:04 pm
CANBERRA, Australia - Australia said it would withdraw its ambassador to Indonesia after two Australians were among eight drug traffickers executed by the Southeast Asian country Wednesday, but was wary of escalating hostilities with its neighbor despite a public outcry.
- Texas inmate facing execution wins reprieve from state judge Updated: Apr-28-15 10:28 pm
HUNTSVILLE, Texas - A Texas judge on Tuesday halted the execution of an inmate convicted of stabbing a corrections officer to death more than 15 years ago.
- Profiles of 8 drug traffickers executed in Indonesia Updated: Apr-28-15 9:44 pm
CILACAP, Indonesia - Indonesia early Wednesday executed eight people convicted of drug smuggling, according to foreign governments and local media reports, although a Philippine woman was granted a stay of execution.
- Indonesia's attorney general says female Philippines drug convict spared from execution Updated: Apr-28-15 2:55 pm
CILACAP, Indonesia - Indonesia's attorney general says female Philippines drug convict spared from execution.
- UN chief appeals to Indonesia to stop planned executions Updated: Apr-25-15 5:07 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. chief is appealing to Indonesia to stop the planned executions of nine foreigners and one local who were convicted for drug crimes.
- Court again refuses to stop Texas execution next week Updated: Apr-24-15 5:28 pm
HOUSTON - A federal appeals court has refused for the second time in as many days to stop the scheduled execution next week of a man condemned for fatally stabbing a Texas corrections officer more than 15 years ago.
- Death row inmate again asks court to hasten execution Updated: Apr-24-15 10:19 am
ALTOONA, Pennsylvania - A central Pennsylvania man on death row for killing his ex-lover's husband in 1998 is again asking a judge to hasten his execution.
- Judge puts scheduled execution of inmate Berget on hold Updated: Apr-23-15 7:46 pm
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - A circuit court judge has put the execution of death row inmate Rodney Berget on hold.
- Convicted triple killer from Austin loses federal appeal Updated: Apr-23-15 11:04 am
HOUSTON - A divided federal appeals court panel again has refused an appeal from a condemned triple killer in Austin who argues his previous attorney abandoned him and missed a critical deadline for filing an appeal.
- NY advocates, legislators call for less solitary prison time Updated: Apr-22-15 7:19 pm
ALBANY, New York - Advocates and some New York legislators on Wednesday called for restricting solitary confinement for state inmates, citing a United Nations expert's conclusion that more than 15 days' isolation damages people mentally.
- Bill would add firing squad to S. Carolina execution methods Updated: Apr-22-15 2:20 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - A proposal introduced in South Carolina on Wednesday would add death by firing squad to the state's list of approved execution methods.
- Bill would add firing squad to S. Carolina execution methods Updated: Apr-22-15 12:46 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - A proposal in South Carolina would add death by firing squad to the state's list of approved execution methods.
- More marathon survivors ask that bomber not face execution Updated: Apr-20-15 7:34 am
BOSTON - A married couple who lost limbs in the 2013 Boston Marathon attack has joined the family of an 8-year-old victim in opposing the death penalty for bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv).
- Oklahoma governor signs bill allowing nitrogen in executions Updated: Apr-17-15 7:37 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma became the first U.S. state to approve nitrogen gas for executions under a measure Gov. Mary Fallin signed into law Friday that provides an alternative death penalty method if lethal injections aren't possible, either because of a court ruling or a drug shortage.
- Ricketts: Nebraska judicious in use of death penalty Updated: Apr-17-15 4:08 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Gov. Pete Ricketts argued Friday that Nebraska has remained judicious in its use of the death penalty and said he was working to reinstate capital punishment after the state's supply of a lethal injection drug expired.
- Texas looking again for execution drug supply Updated: Apr-17-15 2:34 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas' prison chief expressed confidence Friday that his agency will track down more of the state's preferred execution drug once supplies are exhausted, and said he's unaware of any official consideration of alternatives.
- Expert: Ga. execution drug problem cause by low temperature Updated: Apr-16-15 6:11 pm
ATLANTA - A problem with a lethal injection drug that caused the last-minute postponement of an execution in Georgia was likely caused by shipping and storing the drug at a temperature that was too low, according to an analysis by a pharmaceutical expert.
- Expert: Georgia execution drug problem cause by low temp Updated: Apr-16-15 5:44 pm
ATLANTA - A pharmaceutical expert says a problem with a lethal injection drug that caused the last-minute postponement of an execution in Georgia was likely caused by shipping and storing the drug at a temperature that was too low.
- Fate of execution secrecy bill may await high court's ruling Updated: Apr-16-15 3:40 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - South Carolina legislators may await a U.S. Supreme Court decision before voting on a bill that prison officials say will help them secure a drug they need for an inmate's execution.