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After Wave of 13 Federal Executions, a Halt

Department of Justice reviewing policies

(Newser) - After the Trump administration restarted federal executions following a 17-year hiatus, Donald Trump oversaw 13 executions —more than any US president since the 1800s, Reuters reports. (Those executions also included the first woman put to death by the federal government in almost seven decades.) On Thursday, US Attorney...

AP: Executioners' Accounts Didn't Sync With What We Saw

It weighs in on the 13 federal executions it witnessed as a member of the media

(Newser) - Executioners who put 13 inmates to death in the last months of the Trump administration likened the process of dying by lethal injection to falling asleep and called gurneys "beds" and final breaths "snores." But those tranquil accounts are at odds with reports by the AP and...

Lawyer: Client's Execution Delay 'Unprecedented'

SC officials say they can't obtain drugs needed to put Richard Bernard Moore to death by Friday

(Newser) - South Carolina prison officials say they have to delay an execution scheduled for Friday because they won't be able to obtain the necessary lethal injection drugs. An attorney for the state Department of Corrections wrote in a letter to the South Carolina Supreme Court last week that the agency...

Judge Halts Federal Executions
Judge Halts
Federal Executions

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...

Blood-Filled Tumors Weren't Enough to Stop His Execution

Russell Bucklew executed after Missouri Gov. Mike Parson denies clemency request

(Newser) - Missouri executed Russell Bucklew Tuesday, despite concerns that the 51-year-old inmate's rare medical condition could have resulted in what his attorneys feared would be a gruesome death. Gov. Mike Parson earlier Tuesday denied a clemency request, and the US Supreme Court in April gave the go-ahead for Bucklew to...

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...

After a Series of Apologies, Georgia Man Is Executed

Scotty Morrow killed 2 women in 1994

(Newser) - A man who shot and killed his ex-girlfriend and another woman nearly 25 years ago was executed Thursday evening in Georgia. Scotty Garnell Morrow's approximate time of death was 9:38pm, Warden Benjamin Ford told witnesses at the state prison in Jackson. Morrow, 52, was convicted of murder in...

Euthanasia Drug Found in Dog Food, 4 Brands Recalled

Gravy Train, 3 other brands owned by JM Smucker recalled after pentobarbital discovered

(Newser) - Four brands of dog food under the JM Smucker Co. umbrella have been recalled after a DC TV station tested one of the brands and found traces of a euthanizing drug used on dogs, cats, and horses in 60% of the samples. The AP reports that shipments of cans of...

Euthanasia Chemical Found in Dog Food

Evanger's recalls Hunk of Beef Au Jus product

(Newser) - Pet food maker Evanger's is recalling some of its dog food because it may contain a chemical used in the euthanization of animals, as well as in lethal injection. The chemical, pentobarbital , can cause dizziness, nausea, and death, and was detected in a single lot of Evanger's Hunk...

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,...

Tenn. Judge: There's Nothing Wrong With Lethal Injection

Says inmates didn't prove one-drug method led to painful, lingering death

(Newser) - A Tennessee judge yesterday upheld the state's lethal injection process for executing inmates. Davidson County Chancery Judge Claudia Bonnyman said from the bench that the plaintiffs, 33 death row inmates, didn't prove that the one-drug method led to a painful and lingering death. She also said the plaintiffs...

Texas Gets New Drugs, Executes Cop Killer

It has enough pentobarbital for 3 more lethal injections

(Newser) - Texas has a new batch of pentobarbital, and last night it used part of that batch to end the life of Kent Sprouse. The 42-year-old inmate was executed yesterday evening for the 2002 killing of a police officer and another man during a meth-fueled shooting rampage at a Dallas-area gas...

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...

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...

Cause of Eagles' Illness: Eating Euthanized Animals?

Advocates say birds have been poisoned by remains near shelter

(Newser) - Over the past two years, wildlife rehabilitators in Florida have found 10 struggling bald eagles—some of whom have died—at a landfill near an animal shelter. And they tell the Ocala Post they can explain the phenomenon: The eagles, a rep for the Animis Foundation suggests, have been eating...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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