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Georgia Executes Man Who Requested Last Beer

Marcus Johnson didn't eat his last meal

(Newser) - A man convicted of raping and killing a woman he met in a south Georgia nightclub has been executed. Corrections officials say Marcus Ray Johnson was put to death by lethal injection at 10:11pm Thursday. He was convicted in April 1998 in the March 1994 rape and murder of... More »

Georgia Won't Give Inmate Beer With Last Meal

Officials not relaxing contraband rules for convicted killer

(Newser) - Before its last execution, Georgia rejected a plea for mercy from the Pope . Ahead of its next one, it has rejected a plea for beer from the condemned. Marcus Ray Johnson is scheduled to die by lethal injection at 7pm Thursday and prison officials have denied his request to have... More »

SCOTUS Stays Execution of Killer With Hole in Brain

Missouri inmate killed 3 with hammer

(Newser) - The US Supreme Court stepped in on Tuesday before Missouri could execute a man who was considered mentally disabled even before a fifth of his brain was removed. Ernest Lee Johnson, 55, was sentenced to death for killing three convenience store workers with a claw hammer during a 1994 robbery,... More »

Meet 'the Man Who Killed Halloween'

In 1974, Ronald O'Bryan poisoned his 8-year-old son with cyanide-laced candy

(Newser) - He became known among fellow inmates as the "Candyman," but in Houston, Ronald O'Bryan is recalled as "the man who killed Halloween." The Houston Chronicle revisits the story of the father of two, who on the rainy Halloween of 1974 left his horrifying mark on... More »

Florida Executes Man Who Killed His Own 5-Year-Old

Jerry Correll's victims included his 5-year-old daughter

(Newser) - A Florida man was executed Thursday nearly three decades after he was convicted of fatally stabbing his ex-wife, young daughter, and two in-laws. Jerry Correll, 59, was pronounced dead at 7:36pm at Florida State Prison after receiving a lethal injection. The execution came after the US Supreme Court rejected... More »

Ohio Delays All Executions Until 2017

State is having trouble finding supplies of lethal injection drugs

(Newser) - Ohio has delayed executions until 2017 because of problems finding supplies of lethal injection drugs. The announcement on Monday means Ohio will go at least two years without putting anyone to death and marks another setback in efforts to carry out capital punishment in the state. The Department of Rehabilitation... More »

Mom Begs Obama to Save Son From Crucifixion

'Head of this world' can 'interfere and rescue my son'

(Newser) - A Saudi Arabian mother is begging President Obama to intervene before authorities behead her son and crucify his corpse. Nusra al-Ahmed, whose son, Ali Mohammed al-Nimr, was 17 when he was arrested for taking part in anti-government protests, tells the Guardian that the gruesome punishment is "backwards in the... More »

Drug Glitch Leads Oklahoma to Halt 3 Executions

Problem was discovered just hours before one execution was scheduled

(Newser) - Oklahoma's highest criminal court unanimously agreed Friday to halt all of the state's scheduled executions after the state's prison system received the wrong drug for a lethal injection this week. The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals granted the state's request and issued indefinite stays of execution... More »

Controversial Execution Postponed Again

Richard Glossip was scheduled to be put to death today

(Newser) - Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin on Wednesday postponed the scheduled execution of an inmate who claims he's innocent , saying a drug that the state Department of Corrections had received to carry out his lethal injection didn't match those listed in the agency's protocols. Fallin said prison officials received... More »

Unmoved by Pope, Georgia Executes 1st Woman in 70 Years

Appeals from Francis, inmate's kids fail to sway parole board

(Newser) - The only woman on Georgia's death row was executed early Wednesday, making her the first woman put to death by the state in seven decades. Kelly Renee Gissendaner was pronounced dead by injection of pentobarbital at 12:21am at the state prison in Jackson. She was convicted of murder... More »

Woman on Death Row Gets Last-Minute Hearing

Georgia will decide her fate 8 hours before execution time

(Newser) - The only woman on Georgia's death row will wake up Tuesday morning with no idea whether she will be alive at the end of the day. Kelly Renee Gissendaner, whose execution was delayed earlier this year first by snow and then by a "cloudy" drug , is scheduled to... More »

Why Saudis Will Take Rare Step of Crucifying This Man

Activists say they're trying to scare other protesters

(Newser) - Ali Mohammed al-Nimr, a Saudi pro-democracy protester arrested when he was 17, has been sentenced to a grisly death , and activists fear his crucifixion could take place any day unless authorities step in. Activists say al-Nimr, who is now 21, was tortured into confessing, and United Nations human rights experts... More »

Pakistan Can't Hang Man Who Can't Stand

It's unclear if paraplegic Abdul Basit will face eventual execution

(Newser) - A man was given a last-minute stay of his execution in Pakistan today, not over concerns that the country is running "a conveyor belt of executions"—though that is a real criticism—but because Abdul Basit is unable to stand on the gallows. Basit, 43, acquired tubercular meningitis... More »

Man Arrested at 17 in Saudi Arabia to Be Crucified

Ali Mohammed al-Nimr's appeals have run out

(Newser) - Ali Mohammed al-Nimr was just 17 when he was arrested in 2012 and accused of taking part in anti-government protests and illegally possessing firearms; he was sentenced to death by crucifixion in 2014. Now, Saudi Arabia has dismissed his final appeal and he has no other legal options to fight... More »

Last-Minute Stay Granted in Controversial Execution

Richard Eugene Glossip won't be executed today

(Newser) - An appeals court has agreed to halt the execution of an Oklahoma man who claims he was framed for the 1997 beating death of his boss. Richard Eugene Glossip was scheduled for execution at 3pm today. But the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals granted a request from Glossip's attorneys,... More »

Is Oklahoma Going to Kill an Innocent Man Today?

Fallin rejects appeal in Glossip case

(Newser) - Richard Glossip is scheduled to die at 3pm today, and his supporters say Oklahoma is about to execute an innocent man. The 52-year-old was convicted of ordering the 1997 murder of his boss at a motel, but his lawyers argue that the only evidence of his involvement is testimony from... More »

Man Who Killed Teen Waiting for Bus in 1989 Is Executed

Ex-Kansas City cop calls Roderick Nunley's 25-year stay on death row a 'travesty'

(Newser) - A man convicted of kidnapping, raping, and murdering a 15-year-old Missouri girl from the Kansas City area more than a quarter-century ago was executed last night, becoming the state's sixth person to be put to death this year, the AP reports. The lethal injection for Roderick Nunley, 50, began... More »

Tenn. Judge: There's Nothing Wrong With Lethal Injection

Says inmates didn't prove one-drug method led to painful, lingering death

(Newser) - A Tennessee judge yesterday upheld the state's lethal injection process for executing inmates. Davidson County Chancery Judge Claudia Bonnyman said from the bench that the plaintiffs, 33 death row inmates, didn't prove that the one-drug method led to a painful and lingering death. She also said the plaintiffs... More »

Report: Kim Jong Un Purged Vice Premier With Gun

Leader's 'reign of terror' shows no sign of letting up

(Newser) - You'd think Kim Jong Un would've tired of executions by now, but sources tell Yonhap News that North Korea's Vice Premier Choe Yong-gon was executed by shooting in May, apparently after he "expressed discomfort" over Kim's forestation policy; his work performance was also found lacking,... More »

Susan Sarandon Trying to Save Death-Row Inmate

Calls Oklahoma governor 'horrible person' for not intervening

(Newser) - Susan Sarandon is using her Hollywood clout to try to save an inmate on Oklahoma's death row. In an interview with Sky News , the actress called Gov. Mary Fallin a "horrible person" for not intervening in next month's scheduled execution of Richard Glossip. He is "clearly... More »

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