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Texas executes man in 1998 slaying of college student

Aug. 21, 2019 9:16 PM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas death row inmate who argued that his conviction was based on junk science was executed Wednesday for the abduction, rape and killing of a suburban Houston community college student more than 20 years ago. Larry Swearingen, 48, received a lethal injection at the state...

The Latest: Texas executes man in college student's death

Aug. 21, 2019 7:59 PM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the scheduled execution of a Texas inmate convicted in the 1998 killing of a suburban Houston community college student (all times local): 6:55 p.m. Texas has executed a man who maintained his innocence in the abduction, rape and murder of a suburban Houston community...

UN expert: Executions in Iran among the world's highest

Aug. 16, 2019 8:03 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. expert on human rights in Iran says last year saw increasing restrictions on the right to freedom of expression and continuing violations of the right to life, liberty and a fair trial in the Islamic Republic, including 253 reported executions of adults and children. Javaid...

Lawyers say man facing execution is intellectually disabled

Aug. 15, 2019 5:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorneys for a man facing the federal death penalty want a judge to halt his execution and say their client can't legally be put to death because he's intellectually disabled. Alfred Bourgeois' lawyers argue in court papers Thursday that a jury was unaware of Bourgeois' disability and a...

Federal appeals court grants Texas inmate stay of execution

Aug. 14, 2019 10:32 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A federal appeals court granted a stay of execution Wednesday to a Texas inmate just one day before he was scheduled to die for the fatal shooting of a 23-year-old woman during a carjacking in Houston. In an 18-page opinion filed Thursday, a three-judge panel of the New Orleans-based 5th...

Prosecutors lose bid to seek death penalty against immigrant

Aug. 14, 2019 9:00 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Prosecutors have lost another bid to seek the death penalty against an immigrant from Mexico charged with murder in the 2015 shooting death of a convenience store clerk in metro Phoenix. The Arizona Court of Appeals denied a request by prosecutors to reinstate their effort to seek the death...

Inmate asks for electric chair death in Thursday execution

Aug. 14, 2019 3:02 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee inmate has made a last-minute request to be put to death in the electric chair, an option his lawyer described as "also unconstitutional, yet still less painful" than the state's preference of a three-drug lethal injection. The state Department of Correction on Wednesday...

Barr defends police, takes swipe at progressive prosecutors

Aug. 12, 2019 1:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr staunchly defended the work of law enforcement Monday — promising to push for new legislation to swiftly carry out the death penalty for suspects who commit mass shootings or kill police officers, while also taking aim at prosecutors who "style...

Police: Killing of LA officer part of series of crimes

Aug. 6, 2019 9:20 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The fatal shooting of an off-duty Los Angeles police officer occurred during a two-hour series of crimes by gang members that included another attempted shooting where the targets were unhurt, authorities said. Prosecutors on Tuesday filed multiple charges against two men and a woman...

Death penalty questionable as a deterrent to mass killing

Aug. 6, 2019 4:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is calling for new death penalty legislation as an answer to hate crimes and mass killings. But whether that would deter shooters is questionable — especially since most don't live to face trial. More than half the perpetrators of mass shootings since 2006...