- Execution drug trial ends with witness-credibility dispute Updated: Sep-03-15 6:02 pm
HELENA, Montana - A trial to determine the legality of an execution drug concluded Thursday after attorneys for Montana's two death-row inmates disputed the credibility of the state's key medical witness.
- Death penalty opponents urge governor to delay execution Updated: Sep-03-15 1:40 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - Family and supporters of a condemned Oklahoma death row inmate have delivered more than 250,000 online petitions to Oklahoma's governor, urging her to grant a 60-day stay of execution.
- California inmate dies while awaiting execution Updated: Sep-02-15 9:19 pm
SAN QUENTIN, California - A 69-year-old inmate has died while awaiting execution at San Quentin State Prison for a 1989 murder in Riverside County.
- Ohio court sets execution date for condemned killer of 2 Updated: Sep-02-15 3:29 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio Supreme Court has set an execution date for a man condemned to die for fatally shooting two people in a 1992 robbery spree.
- Missouri executes man for 15-year-old girl's 1989 killing Updated: Sep-01-15 11:31 pm
BONNE TERRE, Missouri - A man who spent nearly 25 years on Missouri's death row was executed Tuesday for the kidnapping, rape and fatal stabbing of a 15-year-old girl who was waiting for a school bus.
- The Latest: Missouri executes man for girl's 1989 killing Updated: Sep-01-15 11:19 pm
BONNE TERRE, Missouri - The latest on the scheduled execution of Missouri inmate Roderick Nunley, who was convicted of kidnapping, raping and killing a 15-year-old girl in Kansas City in 1989 (all times local):
- Arkansas governor asked to set execution dates for 8 inmates Updated: Sep-01-15 7:37 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Arkansas' attorney general has asked Gov. Asa Hutchinson to set execution dates for eight death row inmates in what would be the state's first executions in a decade.
- Court considers challenge to California death penalty Updated: Aug-31-15 7:53 pm
PASADENA, California - A federal appeals court considering whether California's death penalty is unconstitutional because of excessive delays focused Monday on procedural issues over whether a novel legal theory had been addressed by the state Supreme Court.
- Inmate says medical condition would worsen pain of execution Updated: Aug-31-15 12:22 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - A Mississippi death row inmate is arguing to the state Supreme Court that his medical condition would create a risk of unnecessary pain and torture if he is executed.
- Disease, suicide killing Ala inmates faster than execution Updated: Aug-29-15 11:26 am
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - Disease and suicide are claiming inmates on Alabama's death row faster than the executioner.
- Judge denies bid to halt Oklahoma inmate's execution Updated: Aug-28-15 6:53 pm
McALESTER, Oklahoma - A judge ruled against an Oklahoma death row inmate on Friday after his attorneys argued he is insane and sought to halt his upcoming execution for the 2002 killing of his 9-month-old daughter.
- Colorado death penalty debated as 2 mass killers get life Updated: Aug-28-15 6:29 pm
DENVER - A Denver jury's refusal to give the death penalty to a man who stabbed five people to death in a bar, coming on the heels of theater shooter James Holmes' life sentence, has many wondering whether the ultimate penalty will ever again be applied in Colorado.
- Argentine mom hopes pope will help get son off death row Updated: Aug-27-15 2:12 pm
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - When Lidia Guerrero met with Pope Francis in Rome last year, the Argentine native told her he knew all about Guerrero's son, who has been on death row in Texas for 19 years.
- Judge upholds Tennessee lethal injection method Updated: Aug-26-15 10:51 pm
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - A Tennessee judge on Wednesday upheld the state's lethal injection process for executing inmates.
- Judge: Current execution drugs may break Mississippi law Updated: Aug-26-15 8:08 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - A federal judge said that he blocked executions in Mississippi because the sedatives the state plans to use don't align with what's required by Mississippi law.
- Judge orders temporary halt to Mississippi executions Updated: Aug-25-15 7:08 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - A federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked the state of Mississippi from using two drugs in executions, shutting down the death penalty in the state for now.
- Prosecutors may seek death penalty in roadside shooting Updated: Aug-25-15 6:36 pm
HELENA, Montana - Federal prosecutors may seek the death penalty for an 18-year-old man charged in the deaths of a husband and wife who authorities say stopped to offer him help on the side of the road on Montana's Crow Indian Reservation.
- Nicaraguan man set to be executed in Texas gets reprieve Updated: Aug-25-15 3:16 pm
HUNTSVILLE, Texas - Texas' top criminal court on Tuesday stopped the scheduled execution of a Nicaraguan man convicted of killing a Houston high school teacher during a robbery more than 18 years ago.
- UN rights arm denounces executions in Iraq's Kurdish region Updated: Aug-25-15 2:01 pm
GENEVA - U.N. rights officials are denouncing the execution of a man and his two wives in Iraq's Kurdish region over the kidnapping and murder of two girls, saying they fear the self-ruled region may slide back toward use of the death penalty.
- Clemency denied for Claremore man convicted of killing baby Updated: Aug-20-15 6:00 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - A state board voted Thursday not to endorse a clemency request from an Oklahoma man sentenced to die for killing his 9-month-old daughter in 2002, despite his attorneys' argument that he is too mentally ill to be put to death.
- US attorney in Nebraska reviewing execution drug allegations Updated: Aug-20-15 5:49 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - The U.S. attorney's office in Nebraska is reviewing allegations by a civil liberties group that state officials are trying to violate federal law through their attempts to import lethal injection drugs.
- Federal court rejects condemned inmate's racial appeal claim Updated: Aug-20-15 5:22 pm
HOUSTON - A federal appeals court has rejected an appeal from a Texas death row inmate whose supporters contend was sentenced unfairly because of his race.
- FDA to Ohio: Plan to get new execution drug overseas illegal Updated: Aug-19-15 5:52 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A federal agency has warned Ohio that the state would be breaking the law if it carried out plans to import lethal injection drugs from overseas.
- Illinois man to be executed in Oklahoma scrutinizes evidence Updated: Aug-16-15 4:22 pm
GALESBURG, Illinois - An Illinois man scheduled to be executed next month in Oklahoma for his role in a 1997 killing is raising questions about his case, telling a newspaper in his hometown that Oklahoma is going to "kill an innocent man."
- Arkansas could resume executions soon after buying drugs Updated: Aug-13-15 7:28 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - The Arkansas Department of Correction has bought the drugs needed to resume lethal injections, and Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Thursday he expects to be asked soon to schedule the state's first execution in 10 years.