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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 »

Georgia Executes 72-Year-Old

Brandon Jones' accomplice was executed 31 years ago

(Newser) - Georgia has executed a 72-year-old man, its oldest death row inmate, for the killing of a convenience store manager during a robbery decades ago. The state Department of Corrections says Brandon Astor Jones, who would have been 73 in 10 days, was pronounced dead at 12:46am Wednesday after a... More »

Despite Promises, Iran Still Executes Kids

Girls as young as 9 are sentenced to death: Amnesty International report

(Newser) - More than 20 years ago, Iran promised it would stop executing convicts under the age of 18. But a new report by Amnesty International shows that not only has the practice continued into the present day—it's given Iran the dubious distinction of being "one of the leading... More »

Group: ISIS Militant Executes Own Mother

Human rights group says it happened in Raqqa, Syria

(Newser) - A rights group is out with a story about an ISIS militant that manages to shock even against the backdrop of other Islamic State tales of horror . In this case, a young fighter publicly executed his own mother, reports the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights . The group says the mother... More »

Saudi Arabia to Iran: We're Done

Conflict grows over execution of Shiekh Nimr al-Nimr

(Newser) - Saudi Arabia is severing diplomatic ties with Iran amid spiking tensions over the execution of a prominent Saudi Shiite cleric. Saudi foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir said late Sunday evening that Iranian diplomatic personnel had 48 hours to leave the country and all Saudi diplomatic personnel in Iran were being recalled... More »

After Execution, Iran Warns Saudis of 'Divine Revenge'

Embassy stormed, unrest deepens after Shiite cleric killed with 46 others

(Newser) - Iran's top leader on Sunday warned Saudi Arabia of "divine revenge" over the execution of an opposition Shiite cleric while Riyadh accused Tehran of supporting terrorism, escalating a war of words hours after protesters stormed the Saudi Embassy in Tehran. The execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr on Saturday... More »

Saudi Arabia Executes Dissident Cleric, 46 Others

Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr's execution expected to deepen unrest

(Newser) - Saudi Arabia announced on Saturday it had executed 47 prisoners convicted of terrorism charges, including al-Qaeda detainees and a prominent Shiite cleric who rallied protests against the government. The execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr is likely to deepen discontent and spark protests among Saudi Arabia's Shiite minority, largely concentrated... More »

US Executions at Lowest Level in Decades

New death sentences also way down

(Newser) - The number of people executed in the United States this year dropped to the lowest level since 1991, as states impose fewer death sentences and defendants in capital cases get access to better legal help. The Death Penalty Information Center, a nonprofit organization that opposes capital punishment and tracks the... More »

Georgia Executes Check-Forging Killer

Nurse struggled to find a vein for lethal injection

(Newser) - A Georgia man convicted of forging checks belonging to his mother's friend and killing the man after he demanded money back has been executed. The execution of Brian Keith Terrell, 47, was carried out at 12:52am Wednesday at the state prison in Jackson, the Department of Corrections said... More »

Oklahoma Prisons Boss Quits After Botched Executions

Nothing to do with investigations, spokeswoman says

(Newser) - The head of Oklahoma's prison system, who presided over two botched lethal injections and a third that was called off because the wrong drug was delivered , announced his resignation Friday amid an investigation into what went wrong with the executions. Department of Corrections Director Robert Patton said in a... More »

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 »

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