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Georgia Executes Autistic Cop-Killer

He opened fire with AR-15 after dispute in 1997

(Newser) - A man convicted of killing an Atlanta police officer and wounding a second officer with an AR-15 rifle was executed late Wednesday, becoming the seventh inmate put to death in Georgia this year. Gregory Paul Lawler, 63, was pronounced dead at 11:49pm at the state prison in Jackson after... More »

Saudi Arabia Just Executed a Prince

Prince Turki fatally shot a friend in 2012

(Newser) - Being a royal won't save your life in Saudi Arabia if you're convicted of murder. Prince Turki bin Saud al-Kabir, who fatally shot a friend in a "group quarrel" at a desert camp in December 2012, was executed in Riyadh on Tuesday, state media reports, per CNN... More »

Guy's Trump-Clinton Parade Float Didn't Go Over Well

Oddly, some didn't find execution-themed float with blackface Obama Easter Island head funny

(Newser) - The Farmer's Fair is the biggest event in Aurora, Ind., each year, but this time around it also produced the biggest commotion. Per WCPO , a float in the festival's parade featured a person dressed as Hillary Clinton in an electric chair, with another portraying Donald Trump at the... More »

Ohio Resuming Executions After 3-Year Moratorium

State will use a new 3-drug combination

(Newser) - Ohio plans to resume executions in January with a new three-drug combination after an unofficial three-year moratorium blamed on shortages of lethal drugs, an attorney representing the state told a federal judge Monday. Thomas Madden with the Ohio attorney general's office said the state will use the drugs midazolam,... More »

Report: Kim Has Man Executed for Nodding Off

South Korean newspaper carries report

(Newser) - Kim Jong Un has allegedly had two men put to death using a method he's been said to have used before : by anti-aircraft gun. South Korean newspaper JoongAng Ilbo reports by way of an unnamed source that two men were publicly executed earlier this month. It identifies the men... More »

Iraq Hangs Dozens of ISIS Fighters Over Gruesome Massacre

36 were convicted in slaughter of hundreds of soldiers in 2014

(Newser) - Iraq has executed 36 men convicted of taking part in the Islamic State group's massacre of hundreds of soldiers in 2014, according to Iraqi officials. The men were hanged at the Nasiriyah prison in southern Iraq on Sunday, according to provincial Gov. Yahya al-Nasiri. A Justice Ministry official, who... More »

Mexico Police Accused of Executing 22, Faking Shootout

42-to-1 death toll in ranch raid raised suspicions

(Newser) - Federal police executed at least 22 people on a ranch last year, then moved bodies and planted guns to corroborate the official account that the deaths happened in a gunbattle, Mexico's human rights commission says, per the AP . A total of 43 people, including one police officer, were killed... More »

Indonesia Defies Protests, Executes 4 by Firing Squad

3 foreigners, Indonesian man executed

(Newser) - Indonesia executed four people convicted of drug crimes on Friday despite international protests and said it would decide later when as many as 10 others are put to death. The men were executed by firing squad not long after midnight local time as torrential rains hit the Nusa Kambangan prison... More »

Georgia Sets Record With 6th Execution This Year

John Conner beat a friend to death in 1982

(Newser) - Georgia on Friday executed its sixth inmate this year, the most in any calendar year in the state since the death penalty was reinstated four decades ago. John Wayne Conner, 60, was put to death for beating a friend to death during an argument after a night of partying in... More »

Execution Halted Over Shaken Baby Syndrome 'Junk Science'

Robert Roberson was convicted of murdering his 2-year-old daughter in 2002

(Newser) - A man on death row in Texas has been granted a last-minute reprieve after his lawyers successfully argued he was convicted on "junk science" regarding shaken baby syndrome, Reuters reports. Robert Roberson, who had been scheduled to be executed June 21, was convicted in 2002 of murdering his 2-year-old... More »

Missouri Executes Man for 2002 Triple Murder

This could be the state's last execution for a long time

(Newser) - A man who killed two people in a drug dispute and a sheriff's deputy in a subsequent shootout was put to death Wednesday in what could be Missouri's last execution for some time. Earl Forrest died by injection for the December 2002 deaths of Harriett Smith, Michael Wells,... More »

N. Korea's Army Chief Just Came Back From the 'Dead'

Turns out S. Korea messed up: Ri Yong Gil wasn't executed after all

(Newser) - A former North Korean military chief who Seoul had said was executed is actually alive and in possession of several new senior-level posts, the North's state media said Tuesday, per the AP . The news on Ri Yong Gil marks yet another blunder for South Korean intelligence officials, who have... More »

Georgia Executes Man for Killing Homeowner, 2 Kids

He apologizes to mother who found bodies

(Newser) - Georgia executed a man Wednesday who was convicted in the 1998 killings of a central Georgia trucking company owner and his two children during a home burglary. Daniel Anthony Lucas became the fifth person the state has executed this year. He was put to death by injection of the barbiturate... More »

Texas Executes Man Who Drank 12-Year-Old's Blood

'This is the only way that I can be forgiven,' he says

(Newser) - A South Texas man was executed Wednesday for the 1998 slaying of a 12-year-old boy whose blood the convicted killer said he drank after beating the seventh-grader with a pipe and slitting his throat, the AP reports. Pablo Lucio Vasquez told police he was drunk and high when voices convinced... More »

Florida Revamping Death Penalty to Reboot Executions

Bill sent to governor requires a 10-2 jury vote for judge to OK execution

(Newser) - In January, the US Supreme Court ruled that the way Florida's death penalty was carried out was unconstitutional. Now, in reaction to that decision, the state is overhauling its system, with the Florida Legislature sending a bill to Gov. Rick Scott that would mandate at least 10 out of... More »

Prison Grave May Hold Real Tess of the d'Urbervilles

Martha Brown believed to be Thomas Hardy's inspiration

(Newser) - Thomas Hardy fans, prepare to geek out. Archaeologists may have uncovered the remains of a woman whose execution is said to have inspired the death of the main character in Tess of the d'Urbervilles. Back in 1856, a 16-year-old Hardy was among a crowd of 4,000 that gathered... More »

Georgia Executes Killer Who Buried Victim in 2 States

Travis Hittson convicted in 1992 murder of Conway Utterbeck

(Newser) - A former Navy crewman was executed Wednesday in Georgia for killing a fellow sailor whose remains were found buried in two states. Travis Hittson, 45—convicted in the April 1992 killing of Conway Utterbeck—was declared dead at 8:14pm after receiving an injection of barbiturate pentobarbital at the state... More »

Report: North Korea Executes Army Chief

He was found guilty of pursuing personal gains, corruption: sources

(Newser) - Kim Jong Un has executed another top military official , sources say. Army Gen. Ri Yong Gil, chief of the General Staff of the Korean People's Army, was reportedly executed last week after being found guilty of pursuing personal gains and corruption. Appointed military chief in 2013, Ri was spotted... More »

Death Row Inmates' Last Words Are Often Surprising

They're frequently positive, says a new study

(Newser) - What would you say if you were about to be executed? There's a good chance your last words would be on the positive side. At least that was the case for 407 death row inmates executed between 1982 and 2015 in Texas, according to a new study published in... More »

What It's Like to Witness an Execution

Columnist describes his first experience

(Newser) - Last week, reporter St. John Barned-Smith went to cover his first execution. "You'll never be the same," one anti-death-penalty protester warned him outside Texas's Walls Unit prison, where James Garrett Freeman would be put to death for killing a Texas game warden in 2007, when he... More »

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