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Tennessee death row inmate's family awaits miracle DNA test

Oct. 25, 2020 1:19 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Carl Payne believes his son is innocent of murder. He believes that for 33 years, his son has been wrongfully imprisoned, facing the death penalty. And he believes that God has allowed it, choosing this family like the biblical Queen Esther for God’s glory to be manifested....

Rights group slams Egypt’s execution of 49 this month

Oct. 22, 2020 8:40 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A leading international human rights group on Thursday condemned Egypt's execution of 49 people so far this month — some arrested during a deadly crackdown on a mass protest in 2013 — and urged authorities in Cairo to grant fair retrials to those on the death row. Between Oct. 3...

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2020, file photo shows the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Ind. A woman convicted of fatally strangling a pregnant woman, cutting her body open and kidnapping her baby is scheduled to be the first female inmate put to death by the U.S. government in more than six decades, the Justice Department said Friday, Oct. 16. Lisa Montgomery is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection on Dec. 8 at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

Feds to execute woman who killed victim, cut baby from womb

Oct. 16, 2020 8:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A woman convicted of fatally strangling a pregnant woman, cutting her body open and kidnapping her baby is scheduled to be the first female inmate put to death by the U.S. government in more than six decades, the Justice Department said Friday. Lisa Montgomery is scheduled to be executed...

Trial set for death row inmates seeking firing squad option

Oct. 16, 2020 11:19 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A trial date has been set for case seeking to allow the firing squad and other execution methods outside of lethal injection and the electric chair in Tennessee. U.S. District Judge William Campbell scheduled the trial for April 2022. Nearly two years ago, four death row inmates...

Tennessee Black Caucus seeks clemency for death row inmate

Oct. 13, 2020 4:25 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Black Caucus of State Legislators is asking the governor to commute the sentence of a death row inmate scheduled for execution in December. In a Friday letter to Gov. Bill Lee, the caucus said Pervis Payne, who is Black, should not be executed because he is...

FILE - In this March 30, 2019, file photo, Alexanda Amon Kotey, left, and El Shafee Elsheikh, who were allegedly among four British jihadis who made up a brutal Islamic State cell dubbed

US charges British IS members in deaths of American hostages

Oct. 7, 2020 10:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Islamic State militants from Britain were brought to the United States on Wednesday to face charges in a gruesome campaign of torture, beheadings and other acts of violence against four Americans and others captured and held hostage in Syria. El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey are...

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Justices reject South Dakota's only death row inmate's case

Oct. 5, 2020 1:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court refused on Monday to take up an appeal from South Dakota’s only death row inmate, who pleaded guilty to taking part in a torture killing 20 years ago. The court did not comment in leaving in place the death sentence for Briley Piper, 39, of Anchorage, Alaska, who...

8th federal execution since July scheduled for Nov. 19

Sep. 30, 2020 7:49 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A Black death-row inmate who was convicted of kidnapping and killing a Texas teenager in 1994 has been scheduled for execution in November, the Justice Department announced Wednesday. If the lethal injection goes ahead as scheduled Nov. 19, Orlando Hall would be the eighth person executed...

This undated image taken from video provided by attorney Susan Otto shows Christopher Vialva in the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Ind. Otto, the lawyer for Vialva, the first Black inmate set to die in a series of federal executions this year says race played a central role in landing him on death row for slaying a white couple from Iowa. Otto says just one juror was Black and 11 white at Vialva's 2000 federal trial in western Texas. Vialva's execution is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. (Photo courtesy of Susan Otto via AP)

Feds put first Black inmate to death since execution restart

Sep. 24, 2020 10:52 PM EDT

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — A man who killed a religious couple visiting Texas from Iowa was executed Thursday, the first Black inmate put to death as part of the Trump administration’s resumption of federal executions after a nearly 20-year pause. Christopher Vialva, 40, was pronounced dead shortly...

U.S. government puts first Black inmate to death since resumption of federal executions this year

Sep. 24, 2020 6:50 PM EDT
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — U.S. government puts first Black inmate to death since resumption of federal executions this year.