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Yemen Houthi rebels execute 9 over senior official's killing

Sep. 18, 2021 15:14 PM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen’s Houthi rebels executed on Saturday nine people they said were involved in the killing of a senior rebel official in an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition more than three years ago. The execution took place by firing squad and was held in...

Ohio governor delays more executions over drug shortage

Sep. 10, 2021 17:01 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine on Friday postponed four additional executions in keeping with his contention that lethal injection is no longer an option in Ohio because of the ongoing lack of drugs with which to put inmates to death. DeWine, a Republican, said...

Texas man gets execution delay over pastor’s touch request

Sep. 08, 2021 22:47 PM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas death row inmate won a reprieve Wednesday evening from execution for killing a convenience store worker during a 2004 robbery that garnered $1.25 after claiming the state was violating his religious freedom by not letting his pastor lay hands on him at the...

Georgia lieutenant governor declares independence from Trump

Sep. 03, 2021 15:08 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s Republican lieutenant governor is declaring independence from Donald Trump in a new book and urging other members of the GOP to follow. Geoff Duncan has been a target of heavy criticism from the former president and many other Republicans for...

California death row inmate resentenced to life in prison

Sep. 01, 2021 19:11 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California death row inmate convicted of killing two college students after a 1985 carjacking was resentenced to life in prison without chance of parole after prosecutors said his intellectual disability disqualified him for capital punishment. The...

Oklahoma court reverses McGirt rulings in 4 death cases

Aug. 31, 2021 19:25 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma appeals court on Tuesday reversed four previous rulings that overturned death penalty cases based on a U.S. Supreme Court decision that limited state jurisdiction for crimes committed on tribal reservations. The Oklahoma Court of...

Black men executed in 1951 rape granted posthumous pardons

Aug. 31, 2021 17:17 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam granted posthumous pardons Tuesday to seven Black men who were executed in 1951 for the rape of a white woman, in a case that attracted pleas for mercy from around the world and in recent years has been denounced as an example of racial...

Missouri Supreme Court declines to halt Johnson execution

Aug. 31, 2021 16:14 PM EDT

The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to halt the October execution of a man convicted of a triple killing who claimed his intellectual disability made him ineligible for the death penalty. Ernest Lee Johnson, 61, is scheduled to die by injection Oct. 5 at the...

Court sets another execution date despite unofficial pause

Aug. 31, 2021 12:03 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court on Tuesday set a 2025 execution date for a man convicted of killing a police informant 25 years ago to keep her from testifying against him in a drug case. The court's decision in the case of death row inmate Timothy Coleman...

US won't seek death penalty in California synagogue shooting

Aug. 30, 2021 22:36 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Federal prosecutors said they will not seek the death penalty for a 22-year-old former nursing student charged in a deadly shooting at a Southern California synagogue on the last day of Passover. The decision was disclosed Monday in a one-sentence court...