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Nebraska poised to carry out first execution since 1997

Aug. 14, 2018 10:56 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska is preparing to carry out its first execution since 1997 on Tuesday using a never-before-tried combination of drugs including fentanyl, which is at the center of the nation's opioid crisis. Carey Dean Moore, 60, is scheduled to be executed at the Nebraska State Penitentiary....

The Latest: 60K sign petition to oppose Nebraska execution

Aug. 13, 2018 7:12 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Latest on Nebraska preparing for its first execution since 1997 (all times local): 6:10 p.m. Death penalty opponents say they have gathered more than 60,000 signatures calling on Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts to stop the state from carrying out its first execution since 1997....

Nebraska set for execution after about-face on death penalty

Aug. 13, 2018 5:34 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Three years after Nebraska lawmakers voted to abolish capital punishment, the state is preparing to carry out its first execution since 1997 on Tuesday in a bewildering about-face driven largely by the state's Republican governor. Gov. Pete Ricketts, a wealthy former businessman,...

Judge refuses to halt Nebraska's 1st execution since 1997

Aug. 10, 2018 6:47 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday refused to block Nebraska from carrying out the state's first-ever lethal injection despite a German pharmaceutical company's lawsuit that claims the state illicitly obtained its drugs. U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf denied the company's request to...

Florida Supreme Court delays execution scheduled for Tuesday

Aug. 10, 2018 6:12 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Supreme Court has indefinitely delayed the execution of a death row inmate who was scheduled to die next week for fatally stabbing a 63-year-old woman. The court ruled unanimously Friday to stay the execution of Jose Antonio Jimenez, which was scheduled for Tuesday. His...

The Latest: Drug company appealing Nebraska execution ruling

Aug. 10, 2018 5:18 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Latest on a federal judge deciding whether to allow Nebraska to carry out its first execution since 1997 (all times local): 4:15 p.m. Attorneys for a German pharmaceutical company say they're filing an immediate appeal after a judge denied their request to block Nebraska from...

South Dakota declines to reveal drug to be used in execution

Aug. 10, 2018 4:55 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota's Corrections Department is refusing to disclose the specific lethal injection drug it will use in the planned execution this fall of a man who admitted to killing a prison guard. A department spokesman said in an email this week that the disclosure could tend to...

Federal judge: Nebraska can proceed with state's first execution since 1997 and first-ever lethal injection

Aug. 10, 2018 4:41 PM EDT
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Federal judge: Nebraska can proceed with state's first execution since 1997 and first-ever lethal injection.

Tennessee carries out its 1st execution in nearly a decade

Aug. 9, 2018 11:56 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee carried out the execution Thursday of a man condemned for the 1985 rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl, marking the first time the state has applied the death penalty in nearly a decade. Inmate Billy Ray Irick, 59, received a three-drug injection at a maximum-security...

The Latest: Inmate just before execution: 'I'm really sorry'

Aug. 9, 2018 9:35 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on the execution of Tennessee inmate Billy Ray Irick (all times local): 8:15 p.m. Witnesses to Tennessee's first execution in nearly a decade say inmate Billy Ray Irick at first signaled he would have no last words, but then gave a brief statement to those watching....