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Missouri Executes Brain-Damaged Inmate

Divided Supreme Court turned down Cecil Clayton appeal

(Newser) - Missouri's oldest death-row inmate was executed yesterday after the US Supreme Court and the state's governor declined to spare the 74-year-old who attorneys said had a diminished mental capacity because of a brain injury from a 1972 sawmill accident . Cecil Clayton, who fatally shot a sheriff's deputy... More »

Missouri to Execute Man Missing Part of Brain

74-year-old's behavior changed after 1972 sawmill accident

(Newser) - A 74-year-old man whose behavior changed drastically after a sawmill accident more than 40 years ago will be executed in Missouri today unless the US Supreme Court steps in. Surgeons removed around 8% of Cecil Clayton's brain—including part of the frontal lobe, which controls things like judgment and... More »

After Execution, Texas Has Just One Dose Left

Hit man executed with next-to-last dose of pentobarbital

(Newser) - Texas executes more people than any other state—and all but a handful of the world's countries—but it's not clear whether it will be able to continue for long after yesterday evening's execution of Mexican Mafia hit man Manuel Vasquez. The 46-year-old, convicted of the 1999... More »

ISIS Has Child Execute a 'Spy'

'Lion cub' appears to fatally shoot Israeli Arab

(Newser) - More horror from ISIS' media wing: A boy who appears to be no older than 12 shoots dead an alleged Israeli spy in the latest video released by the militants. The video shows an older, French-speaking militant threatening Jews before the boy shoots a man identified as Muhammad Said Ismail... More »

Georgia Calls Off Woman's Execution Over 'Cloudy' Drug

No new date set for Gissendaner execution

(Newser) - Corrections officials have postponed Georgia's first execution of a woman in 70 years , citing problems with the lone drug that would be used for the lethal injection. The only drug used in Georgia executions is pentobarbital. A Georgia Department of Corrections spokeswoman says the drug appeared cloudy, so officials... More »

Georgia to Execute First Woman Since 1945

Kelly Gissendaner lost clemency appeal

(Newser) - Georgia is preparing to execute a woman for the first time since 1945. Kelly Renee Gissendaner, 46, is scheduled to be put to death tonight, an event that would make her the 16th woman to be executed since 1976, the AP reports; that's when the Supreme Court ended a... More »

Weather Thwarts Execution of Georgia Woman

Winter storm delays Gissendaner execution until Monday

(Newser) - The state of Georgia delayed the execution of its only female death row inmate yesterday, ahead of a winter storm forecast to hit many areas with several inches of snow. Kelly Renee Gissendaner, 46, had been scheduled for execution at 7pm at the state prison in Jackson. The execution has... More »

Oklahoma Debates Death by Nitrogen for Inmates

Rep. Mike Christian: executions with nitrogen gas deplete oxygen, are painless

(Newser) - Tennessee has brought back the electric chair ; Utah's considering reviving the firing squad . Now Oklahoma Republicans are making a push to build a $300,000 gas chamber in the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, using nitrogen gas as a backup plan to lethal injection in executions, the AP reports.... More »

China Executes Mining Tycoon

'Mafia-style' boss owned stakes in US mines

(Newser) - A former mining tycoon who led a mafia-style crime gang that ran casinos and killed rivals has been executed along with four of the gang's members, a court in central China said today. Liu Han had been chairman of energy conglomerate Sichuan Hanlong Group in the southwestern province of... More »

Dad, Daughter Executed for McDonald's Murder

The two were members of Church of the Almighty God

(Newser) - China has executed a father and daughter after they were convicted of murdering a woman at a McDonald's , the BBC reports. Three others received jail time in the 2014 incident. The attackers were members of a banned cult known as Church of the Almighty God, and they were apparently... More »

Saudi Arabia Arrests Man Who Filmed Beheading

Human rights activists distributed video showing public execution

(Newser) - Earlier this month, the world got a graphic look at how Saudi Arabia performs executions—and now the man who filmed the execution in question has been arrested. In the unnamed man's video, a woman who had been convicted of murder was "proclaiming her innocence" in the street... More »

Okla. to Execute Man Today, First Since Botched Death

It's upped dose of midazolam, implemented training, better equipment

(Newser) - Nine months after a botched lethal injection ground capital punishment to a halt, Oklahoma plans to execute a death row inmate today with the same three-drug method Florida intends to use about an hour earlier. Oklahoma prison officials ordered new medical equipment, implemented more training for staff, and renovated the... More »

First US Execution of 2015: Vietnam Vet With PTSD

Andrew Brannan, 66, was convicted of 1998 murder of sheriff's deputy

(Newser) - A man who fatally shot a sheriff's deputy who stopped him for speeding on a Georgia interstate was put to death yesterday for the 1998 killing, which was captured on the patrol car's video camera. Andrew Howard Brannan, 66, was pronounced dead at 8:33pm after a single-drug... More »

Report: ISIS Has Executed 4 Children

Monitor puts execution tally at 1,878 since June

(Newser) - ISIS has killed 1,878 people in Syria—most of them civilians—over the six-month period since it proclaimed a caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria in late June, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights . Among the victims: four children, eight women, members of an opposing Sunni... More »

Executions Hit Lowest Number in 20 Years

And new death sentences reach 40-year low, according to nonprofit's report

(Newser) - Executions and new death sentences dropped to their lowest numbers in decades in 2014, an anti-death penalty group said in a new report. The Death Penalty Information Center, a nonprofit organization that opposes executions and tracks the issue, said 35 inmates were executed this year and 71 have so far... More »

Cop Charged With Torture in Teen's Wrongful Execution

China arrests Feng Zhiming for coercing 18-year-old's confession in '96

(Newser) - On Monday, the conviction of an 18-year-old teen in China for the rape and murder of a woman in a public restroom was overturned —18 years after he was put to death for the crime. Today, the police officer who led the investigation into the case of young Huugjilt... More »

Missouri Executes Record 10th Inmate of the Year

Paul Goodwin used hammer to kill elderly neighbor

(Newser) - A Missouri inmate was put to death early today for fatally beating a 63-year-old woman with a hammer in 1998, the state's record 10th lethal injection of 2014 to match Texas for the most executions in the country this year. Paul Goodwin, 48, sexually assaulted Joan Crotts in St.... More »

'Delusional' Texas Inmate Gets 11th-Hour Stay of Execution

Attorneys had sought reprieve for 'delusional' Scott Panetti, who killed his in-laws

(Newser) - No one disputes that Texas death row inmate Scott Panetti shot his second wife's parents to death in 1992 to rid them of demons. Or that during his trial, he represented himself dressed in a purple cowboy costume and tried to get 200 witness subpoenas, including ones for JFK... More »

Missouri Man Gets Last-Minute Stay of Execution

Supreme Court cites ineffective lawyers

(Newser) - The US Supreme Court has granted a last-minute stay of execution to a Missouri man who killed a woman and her two children, citing concerns that his legal counsel was ineffective. Mark Christeson, 35, was scheduled to die by injection a minute after midnight at the state prison in Bonne... More »

Why Oklahoma Doesn't Want to Use New Execution Room

Chamber was unveiled last week, but state isn't ready for executions

(Newser) - Oklahoma wants to put Richard Eugene Glossip, John Marion Grant, and Charles Warner to death—but not until 2015. Though prison officials last week unveiled a newly renovated and roomier execution chamber inside the Oklahoma State Penitentiary, the state's attorney general on Friday filed a notice seeking to delay... More »

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