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First Executions Since Botched Injection Go Ahead

Georgia, Missouri carry out lethal injections

(Newser) - The nation's unofficial moratorium on the death penalty is over. Georgia executed 59-year-old murderer Marcus Wellons tonight with a dose of pentobarbital, reports the AP . Wellons is the first inmate put to death since Oklahoma's botched execution of Clayton Lockett in April. Wellons' attorneys had cited Lockett's... More »

Tenn. Senate Votes to Bring Back Electric Chair

Meanwhile, Ohio considers sweeping new restrictions

(Newser) - What do you do when you can't get your hands on the drugs in your lethal injection cocktail? As far as Tennessee's Senate is concerned, you fire up Old Sparky. The state's Senate yesterday voted 23-3 to advance a bill allowing the state to execute inmates via... More »

Texas Executes Killer Who Escaped Mexican Prison

He killed again after fleeing across border

(Newser) - A man who escaped the prison in Mexico where he was serving a murder sentence and killed again in the US has become the second Mexican citizen executed in Texas this year. Ramiro Hernandez, 44, was executed by lethal injection for beating a university professor to death in 1997 and... More »

Texas Executes Killer With New Drug Supply

Tommy Lynn Sells loses bid in Supreme Court

(Newser) - A self-described serial killer was put to death in Texas today after the Supreme Court rejected his demand that the state release information about where it gets its lethal injection drug. Tommy Lynn Sells, 49, is the first inmate to be injected with a dose of newly replenished pentobarbital that... More »

Tennessee to Execute 10, Keep Details Secret

Law allows it to keep executioner, where drugs came from under wraps

(Newser) - Tennessee officials plan to execute a record number of death row inmates over the next two years, all under a cloak of secrecy. The state late last year asked its Supreme Court for permission to execute at least a dozen convicts—its biggest request ever—and intends to use a... More »

Texas Scores New Batch of Execution Drug

State was down to last few doses of pentobarbital

(Newser) - The nation's most prolific executioner has a new drug dealer that officials in states including Oklahoma , Louisiana , and Missouri would probably like to meet. Texas says it has secured enough of the lethal-injection drug pentobarbital to continue executing people after the end of this month—but the state plans... More »

Oklahoma Can't Find Lethal Injection Drugs

Pair of executions delayed after failed 'Herculean' effort

(Newser) - Two executions in Oklahoma have been pushed back a month as the state scrambles to find a source of lethal-injection drugs. The two inmates had filed a lawsuit seeking more information about the drugs that would be used to kill them, but the state's Court of Criminal Appeals decided... More »

Pharmacy Won't Help Missouri Execute This Man

Oklahoma's Apothecary Shoppe responds to Michael Taylor's suit

(Newser) - Michael Taylor is scheduled to be executed by the state of Missouri next Wednesday, and an Oklahoma pharmacy says it will not provide the drug needed to carry out his fate. Taylor had filed a lawsuit against Tulsa's Apothecary Shoppe that his lawyers argued was providing a compounded version... More »

Louisiana Stalls Execution to Study New Drug Cocktail

State wants to use combo that caused slow Ohio death

(Newser) - A last-minute switch of lethal-injection drugs has delayed Louisiana's first execution since 2010. Child killer Christopher Sepulvado was scheduled to die tomorrow but was granted a 90-day stay after the state confirmed it could not obtain the barbiturate pentobarbital, reports the Times-Picayune . The state plans to use a mixture... More »

Ohio Executes Killer With Untried Drug Combo

'Prolonged' execution takes 15-plus minutes

(Newser) - Dennis McGuire was put to death today with a two-drug combination previously untested in the US, and at more than 15 minutes, it was one of the longest executions in Ohio since the state resumed capital punishment in 1999. McGuire, whose lawyers had attempted to delay his execution by arguing... More »

Larry Flynt Shooter Executed

After Supreme Court denies 11th-hour appeal over pentobarbital

(Newser) - After a dizzying 11th-hour back-and-forth, the Supreme Court of the United States this morning denied a stay of execution for a racist serial killer linked to 20 murders; Missouri executed Joseph Franklin shortly thereafter, at 6:17am local time, reports the AP . It marked the state's first execution in... More »

Ohio Delays Execution to Weigh Organ-Donor Request

Killer Ronald Phillips wants to donate organs to family, others

(Newser) - A convicted child killer just got a last-minute reprieve from Ohio's governor, thanks to the inmate's unusual request to be an organ donor . Ronald Phillips, who raped and murdered the 3-year-old daughter of his girlfriend, was supposed to be put to death tomorrow morning. Instead, Gov. John Kasich... More »

Out of Execution Drug, Ohio Will Try Untested Combo

Lawyers appeal for Death Row inmate set to die in 2 weeks

(Newser) - Another state is looking for alternatives after running out of the execution drug pentobarbital . Ohio says it doesn't have enough of the drug to execute child killer Ronald Phillips next month so it plans to use the untested combination of the sedative midazolam and the painkiller hydromorphone for the... More »

Texas Gets Execution Drug From Controversial Source

Pentobarbital comes from a compounding pharmacy

(Newser) - Texas prison officials disclosed today that they are using a compounding pharmacy to obtain the drug used during executions. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice, responding to a Freedom of Information request, released documents showing the purchase of eight vials of pentobarbital last month from a compounding pharmacy near Houston.... More »

US' Busiest Executioner Nearly Out of Lethal Drug

We're talking, of course, about Texas

(Newser) - Texas isn't just America's busiest executioner, it's the country's busiest by far, having put 503 people to death since 1976. (Virginia, at No. 2, has executed 110.) The state on Wednesday notched its 11th execution this year, and has seven more slated to occur before... More »

Inmate Is First Executed in Texas With Single Drug

State changes lethal injection formula used since 1982

(Newser) - America's most prolific death penalty state has executed its first inmate using one drug instead of three. Yokamon Hearn, 33, was killed with a single dose of pentobarbital, which had been part of a three-drug mixture used for executions before shortages of the other drugs arose. Ohio, Arizona, Idaho,... More »

Virginian Executed, Death-Drug Maker Objects

Pharma firm opposes 'distressing misuse' of epilepsy drug

(Newser) - Virginia has become the latest state to execute an inmate using a new cocktail of drugs for the lethal injection despite the manufacturer's objections. Jerry Jackson, 30, was executed for the 2001 rape and murder of an 88-year-old widow, Reuters reports. Pentobarbital, a drug used to treat epilepsy, was... More »

Drug Maker 'Horrified' It's Being Used in Executions

Pentobarbital was intended as an epilepsy drug

(Newser) - A Danish pharmaceutical company says it's desperately seeking a way to stop US prisons from executing people with its epilepsy drug Nembutal. “We are horrified at this fact, and we are looking at ways to prevent prisons from getting this drug,” a spokesman for Lundbeck A/S said.... More »

UK to Ban Export of Execution Drugs to US

We 'needed to take the lead' on this, says Brit minister

(Newser) - The British export of three drugs used in US executions will be banned within a matter of days, according to officials. Pentobarbital, pancuronium bromide, and potassium chloride will all be blocked by the government, which is also urging a Europe-wide ban on sales of the drugs to the US. "... More »

Supreme Court Stays Two Executions

Both men were to receive controversial new drug

(Newser) - Two death-row inmates have received last-minute reprieves from the Supreme Court, each of whom argued they had lousy lawyers at their trials. In separate rulings, the court put on hold the executions of Daniel Cook in Arizona and Cleve Foster in Texas while their cases are reviewed, reports CNN . Both... More »

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