Latest Executions News

Arkansas faces new court fight over sedative for executions

Apr. 20, 2019 12:29 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed by death row inmates has renewed a court fight over whether the sedative Arkansas uses for lethal injections causes torturous executions, two years after the state raced to put eight convicted killers to death in 11 days before a previous batch of the drug...

Tennessee, Kentucky govs talk up criminal justice reform

Apr. 17, 2019 8:13 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said Wednesday that he has started evaluating his first clemency plea from a death row inmate, who is slated for execution next month. Lee made the comments at a forum alongside fellow Republican Gov. Matt Bevin of Kentucky about criminal justice reform at...

Alabama seeks new execution date for inmate spared by clock

Apr. 15, 2019 8:37 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama on Monday sought a new execution date for an inmate spared last week when the clock struck midnight before a divided U.S. Supreme Court said his lethal injection could proceed. Justices on Friday lifted a stay that had blocked the execution of 46-year-old Christopher Lee...

Texas' high court keeps execution drug supplier secret

Apr. 12, 2019 3:07 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A supplier of Texas' execution drugs can remain secret under a court ruling Friday that upheld risks of "physical harm" to the pharmacy, ending what state officials called a threat to the entire U.S. death penalty system. The decision by the Texas Supreme Court, where Republicans hold...

Georgia set to execute man who killed 2 women in 1994

Apr. 12, 2019 2:31 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A man who killed his ex-girlfriend and another woman nearly 25 years ago is the first death row prisoner set to be executed in Georgia this year. Scotty Garnell Morrow, 52, is scheduled to die May 2 at the state prison in Jackson, state Attorney General Chris Carr announced Friday. Morrow...

Correction: Death Penalty-New Hampshire story

Apr. 12, 2019 1:52 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — In a story April 11 about the New Hampshire Senate voting to repeal the death penalty, The Associated Press reported erroneously how the relatives of murder victims, retired prosecutors and others testified. They testified in favor of the bill, which is against the death penalty, not...

Alabama inmate who wanted nitrogen spared lethal injection

Apr. 12, 2019 10:17 AM EDT

ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama inmate convicted in the 1991 sword-and-dagger slaying of a pastor was spared a lethal injection when his death warrant expired before a divided U.S. Supreme Court voted early Friday to let the execution proceed. A federal judge on Thursday blocked the execution of Christopher...

The Latest: Justices lift stay blocking Alabama execution

Apr. 12, 2019 3:40 AM EDT

ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on the scheduled execution of an Alabama inmate (all times local): 2:38 a.m. A divided U.S Supreme Court says Alabama can proceed in the future with the lethal injection of an inmate whose execution was halted a last-minute stay from a lower court. The justices in orders...

Appellate court denies execution stay for Alabama inmate

Apr. 10, 2019 5:19 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An appellate court said Wednesday that it won't halt the upcoming lethal injection of an Alabama inmate who had asked to be put to death with nitrogen gas. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied an execution stay for 46-year-old Christopher Lee Price. He is scheduled to be...

Texas bans clergy from executions after Supreme Court ruling

Apr. 4, 2019 1:42 AM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Texas prisons will no longer allow clergy in the death chamber after the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the scheduled execution of a man who argued his religious freedom would be violated if his Buddhist spiritual adviser couldn't accompany him. Effective immediately, the Texas Department of...