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Texas executes man who killed woman during spate of crimes

Sep. 10, 2019 8:38 PM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — 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...

The Latest: Texas executes inmate for 2010 killing of woman

Sep. 10, 2019 7:43 PM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the execution of a Texas inmate for the shooting death of a woman during a spate of crimes (all times local): 6:40 p.m. A Texas death row inmate has been executed for fatally shooting a 61-year-old grandmother at her North Texas home nearly a decade ago during an...

Man facing federal death penalty seeks to halt execution

Sep. 10, 2019 12:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers for a federal prisoner scheduled to be put to death in December want a federal appeals court to halt his execution so they can interview jurors who heard his case. Lezmond Mitchell's attorneys said Tuesday that they filed the request for a stay with the U.S. Court of Appeals for...

Harris seeks end to executions, cash bail, private prisons

Sep. 9, 2019 6:10 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — California Sen. Kamala Harris, whose record as a prosecutor has been under scrutiny since she entered the presidential race, has unveiled a criminal justice plan that calls for abolishing the death penalty, ending cash bail and collecting more data on officer-involved shootings. Harris...

Quitting track? Semenya signs for South African soccer team

Sep. 6, 2019 12:00 PM EDT

Tired, maybe, after 10 years of fighting track authorities, Caster Semenya has signed up to play with a South African soccer team. Currently banned from competing in her preferred event, the two-time Olympic 800-meter champion might now be ready to give up running in favor of a sport where she isn't forced to...

Arkansas death row inmate asks court for new DNA testing

Sep. 5, 2019 2:52 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas death row inmate who was spared from execution two years ago asked the state Supreme Court on Thursday to allow new DNA testing of evidence that his attorneys say could exonerate him. Attorneys for convicted murderer Stacey Johnson and for the state appeared before the...

Texas inmate executed for killing 2 women in 2003

Sep. 4, 2019 8:14 PM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — 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...

The Latest: Texas executes man for killing 2 women

Sep. 4, 2019 7:54 PM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the scheduled execution of a Texas inmate (all times local): 6:50 p.m. A Texas death row inmate has been executed 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...

Texas has executed a death row inmate for the 2003 fatal stabbings of an 89-year-old woman and her daughter

Sep. 4, 2019 7:50 PM EDT
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Texas has executed a death row inmate for the 2003 fatal stabbings of an 89-year-old woman and her daughter.

NBC's Lester Holt spends 2 nights in prison for news show

Sep. 4, 2019 1:28 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Lester Holt laughed when his colleagues proposed that he spend a couple of nights locked up in the Louisiana State Penitentiary for an NBC News report on criminal justice reform. "At first, I was like, 'it's dangerous,'" Holt said. "This is one of the most notorious prisons of the world,...