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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 »

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 »

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