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Executions Are About to Resume in Oklahoma

A 'reliable' drug supplier has been found, says the state

(Newser) - Oklahoma is set to resume executions after a five-year lull prompted by drug mix-ups, but it won't be relying on nitrogen gas . As a 2015 law allowing the state to pursue execution by nitrogen hypoxia only permits the method if lethal injection drugs are unavailable, executions will be carried... More »

Texas Man Who Killed His Family Apologizes, Is Executed

Abel Ochoa shot dead his wife, 2 daughters, and 2 relatives in 2002

(Newser) - A Dallas man was executed Thursday evening for a shooting in which he killed his wife, two children and two other relatives during a drug-fueled rage nearly 18 years ago. Prosecutors say Abel Ochoa was high on crack cocaine and looking for money to buy more drugs when he started... More »

Georgia Man Stays Silent as He's Put to Death

Donnie Cleveland Lance was convicted of killing his ex-wife and her boyfriend in 1997

(Newser) - A Georgia man convicted of killing his ex-wife and her boyfriend more than two decades ago was put to death Wednesday evening, becoming the state's first inmate to be executed this year. Donnie Cleveland Lance, 66, received a lethal injection at the state prison in Jackson. His time of... More »

Condemned Killer: Let Me Die the Old-Fashioned Way

Michael Wade Nance says lethal injection would be unusually painful for him

(Newser) - Michael Wade Nance wants to die like convicts used to. The condemned killer, who's sitting on death row in Georgia, is asking for a firing squad. "Execution by firing squad is both swift and virtually painless," says his federal lawsuit, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . "Evidence and... More »

Judge Halts Federal Executions

4 men were set to be executed in Indiana in December and January

(Newser) - The cases of four men set to be put to death in Indiana over the next couple of months have spurred a nationwide reprieve. On Wednesday, District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan halted those executions, effectively stopping all federal executions across the US, Politico reports. A fifth execution in Indiana set... More »

Court Halts Execution in High-Profile Case

Lawyer says that will give time for new evidence to be considered in Rodney Reed's case

(Newser) - Texas’ top appeals court on Friday halted the scheduled execution of inmate Rodney Reed, whose conviction is being questioned by new evidence that his supporters say raises serious doubt about his guilt. The stay of execution issued Friday afternoon by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals came just hours after... More »

Georgia Executes Man After DNA Test Request Rejected

Victim's daughter had 'serious doubts' about guilt

(Newser) - A man convicted of killing a Georgia convenience store clerk 25 years ago was put to death Wednesday night, authorities said. Inmate Ray Jefferson Cromartie, 52, was pronounced dead at 10:59pm after an injection of pentobarbital at the state prison in Jackson. He made no last statement but requested... More »

Inmate Uses Last Words to Forgive Victim's Family

Donnivan Schaeffer's parents say they weren't expecting an apology anyway

(Newser) - There was no apology given nor remorse shown before Charles Rhines was put to death in South Dakota Monday night for murdering Donnivan Schaeffer in 1992—but with his last words, Rhines did "forgive" Schaeffer's family, the Rapid City Journal reports. "Ed and Peggy Schaeffer, I forgive... More »

Right Before His Execution, Words for His Victim's Family

Mark Anthony Soliz, 37, was executed in Texas Tuesday night

(Newser) - A Texas death row inmate was executed Tuesday for fatally shooting a 61-year-old grandmother at her North Texas home nearly a decade ago during an eight-day spate of crimes that included thefts and another killing. Mark Anthony Soliz, 37, received a lethal injection at the state penitentiary in Huntsville for... More »

Before His Execution, Texas Inmate Speaks for 4 Minutes

Billy Crutsinger didn't mention victims in final statement

(Newser) - A Texas death row inmate was executed Wednesday for fatally stabbing an 89-year-old woman and her daughter more than 16 years ago after entering their Fort Worth home under the pretense of doing some work for them. Billy Jack Crutsinger, 64, received a lethal injection Wednesday evening at the state... More »

Inmate's Last Words: 'A Man Is More Than His Worst Mistake'

Alabama executes Christopher Lee Price

(Newser) - A man convicted of killing a country preacher during a 1991 robbery was put to death by lethal injection in Alabama on Thursday, weeks after he avoided another execution date amid disagreements between US Supreme Court justices. Christopher Lee Price, 46, became the second inmate put to death in Alabama... More »

He Left 10 Bodies in His Wake. Today, His Own Death

Serial killer Bobby Joe Long set to be executed in Florida Thursday

(Newser) - A serial killer is facing execution Thursday for a murderous spree that claimed 10 women's lives and terrorized Florida's Tampa Bay area in 1984. Bobby Joe Long, 65, is set to receive a lethal injection at Florida State Prison in Starke, per the AP . Artiss Ann Wick was... More »

Inmate Sings Hymns Until Execution Drugs Kick In

Don Johnson spent 34 years on death row

(Newser) - A man convicted of killing his wife decades ago at a camping center he managed in Memphis prayed and sang hymns as he was put to death Thursday in Tennessee. Don Johnson, 68, was executed via lethal injection inside a maximum-security Nashville prison for the 1984 suffocation of his wife,... More »

Alabama Executes Man Who Slit Throat of Girl, 7

Michael Samra took part in quadruple murder

(Newser) - A man condemned for his role in a quadruple killing that followed a dispute over a pickup truck was put to death Thursday in Alabama after declining to make any last-minute appeals. Michael Brandon Samra, 41, was pronounced dead at 7:33pm following a three-drug lethal injection at Holman prison,... More »

Texas Executes Racist Who Dragged Black Man to Death

John William King is dead

(Newser) - An avowed racist who orchestrated one of the most gruesome hate crimes in US history was executed Wednesday in Texas for the dragging death of a black man, the AP reports. John William King, who was white, received lethal injection for the slaying nearly 21 years ago of James Byrd... More »

Alabama Halts Execution of Man Who Killed Pastor

SCOTUS ruling came after death warrant expired

(Newser) - An Alabama inmate convicted in the 1991 sword-and-dagger slaying of a pastor during a home robbery was spared from a scheduled lethal injection after the state was unable to lift a last-minute stay in time to carry out his execution Thursday evening. A federal judge on Thursday stayed the execution... More »

Death Row Inmate Wants Buddhist Minister With Him at Execution

Patrick Murphy is seeking a stay of execution over the issue

(Newser) - Attorneys for a Texas death row inmate have asked the US Supreme Court to stay his lethal injection until a Buddhist minister can be present with him in the execution chamber, the AP reports. Patrick Murphy's lawyers argue that executing the 57-year-old "Texas 7" member without his spiritual... More »

Man's Last Words Before Execution: 'That'll Be $5'

Billie Wayne Coble, 70, killed estranged wife's parents and brother, who was a cop

(Newser) - A Texas inmate was executed Thursday evening for the killings nearly 30 years ago of his estranged wife's parents and her brother, who was a police officer. Billie Wayne Coble received a lethal injection at the state penitentiary in Huntsville for the August 1989 shooting deaths of Robert and... More »

Appeals Court Blocks Muslim Man's Execution Over Imam Issue

Alabama inmate wants imam present at his execution

(Newser) - Alabama may be violating the religious rights of a Muslim inmate set for execution by refusing to allow an imam at his death, a federal court said Wednesday in blocking the lethal injection. The 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals granted an indefinite stay for Dominique Ray, 42, a day... More »

As He Was Executed, Motorcycles Revved Engines

Robert Jennings killed a Houston cop in 1988

(Newser) - A 61-year-old Texas inmate was executed Wednesday evening for killing a Houston police officer more than three decades ago. Robert Jennings received a lethal injection for the July 1988 fatal shooting of Officer Elston Howard during a robbery at an adult bookstore, the AP reports. As witnesses filed into the... More »

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