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FILE - This Feb. 18, 2014, file photo provided by Missouri Department of Corrections, shows death row inmate Walter Barton, convicted of killing an 81-year-old mobile home park manager in 1991. The pause in U.S. executions during the coronavirus pandemic likely will end Tuesday, May 19, 2020, with the scheduled lethal injection of Barton. Republican Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said Monday, May 18, 2020, that he had not heard anything to make him reconsider the execution, which he said would “move forward as scheduled.” (Missouri Department of Corrections via AP, File)

Missouri carries out 1st US execution since pandemic began

May. 19, 2020 8:23 PM EDT

BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man was put to death by lethal injection Tuesday for fatally stabbing an 81-year-old woman nearly three decades ago, the first U.S. execution since the coronavirus pandemic took hold. Walter Barton, 64, had long maintained he was innocent of killing Gladys Kuehler, and...

FILE - This Feb. 18, 2014, file photo, released by Missouri Department of Corrections, shows death row inmate Walter Barton, convicted of killing an 81-year-old mobile home park manager nearly three decades ago now faces execution in May. The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday, May 13, 2020, set a May 19, execution date for Barton (Missouri Department of Corrections via AP, File)

Appeals court clears way for execution of Missouri inmate

May. 18, 2020 9:51 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal appeals court has cleared the way for a Missouri death row inmate to be executed Tuesday and ordered his petition for post-conviction relief dismissed, despite questions raised about evidence used to convict him. The Sunday decision by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals...

FILE - This Feb. 18, 2014, file photo, provided by Missouri Department of Corrections, shows death row inmate Walter Barton, convicted of killing an 81-year-old mobile home park manager in 1991. Barton, scheduled to be executed on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, was given a 30-day reprieve Friday, May 15 when a federal court said it needed more time to consider issues raised by his attorneys. (Missouri Department of Corrections via AP, File)

Federal court grants Missouri inmate 30-day execution stay

May. 15, 2020 8:11 PM EDT

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri inmate scheduled to be executed next week was given a 30-day reprieve Friday when a federal court said it needed more time to consider issues raised by the man's attorneys. Walter Barton, 64, was scheduled to die by injection Tuesday in the killing of 81-year-old trailer...

FILE - This July 7, 2010, file photo shows Nebraska's lethal injection chamber at the State Penitentiary in Lincoln, Neb.  Nebraska prison officials cannot withhold public records that reveal where they purchased their supply of lethal injection drugs, the state's highest court ruled Friday, May 15, 2020, as it ordered the documents to be disclosed for public scrutiny. (AP Photo/Nate Jenkins, File)

Nebraska court orders disclosure of execution drug records

May. 15, 2020 4:24 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska prison officials cannot withhold public records that reveal where they purchased their supply of lethal injection drugs, the state's highest court said Friday in a ruling that could threaten Nebraska's ability to carry out executions for the dozen men on its death row. In...

FILE - This Feb. 18, 2014, file photo, released by Missouri Department of Corrections, shows death row inmate Walter Barton, convicted of killing an 81-year-old mobile home park manager nearly three decades ago now faces execution in May. The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday, May 13, 2020, set a May 19, execution date for Barton (Missouri Department of Corrections via AP, File)

Missouri moving ahead with execution plans

May. 13, 2020 8:47 PM EDT

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri is moving ahead with plans to execute a man next week, despite new concerns about key evidence that led to his conviction, and despite concerns about the coronavirus that prompted other states to postpone lethal injections. Walter Barton, 64, is scheduled to die by injection...

Tennessee AG opposes push to delay executions due to virus

May. 8, 2020 7:07 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s attorney general is opposing motions to delay executions scheduled in August and October due to the coronavirus pandemic. In state Supreme Court filings this week, Attorney General Herbert Slatery wrote that attorneys for Byron Black and Harold Nichols are...

Christine Olivarri walks along the shuttered shops on Olvera Street amid the COVID-19 pandemic Tuesday, May 5, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2014, file photo, the gurney stands in the execution chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Okla. A federal judge in Oklahoma is giving the state one month to provide more details on how it plans to train prison workers to carry out lethal injections. Federal Judge Stephen Friot issued the ruling Tuesday, May 5, 2020, in a case in which Oklahoma death row prisoners are challenging the state's lethal injection protocols. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Federal judge orders more execution details from Oklahoma

May. 5, 2020 7:51 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal judge in Oklahoma on Tuesday gave the state one month to provide more details on how it plans to train prison workers to carry out lethal injections. Federal Judge Stephen Friot issued the ruling in a case in which Oklahoma death row inmates are challenging the state’s...

Another Tennessee inmate seeks execution delay amid virus

May. 5, 2020 2:54 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Another death row inmate in Tennessee is seeking a delay in his execution date this year due to the threat of the coronavirus pandemic. Attorneys for 59-year-old Harold Nichols last week asked the Tennessee Supreme Court to reschedule his Aug. 4 execution. The filing says the...

This undated photo provided by the Tennessee Department of Correction shows Byron Black. Tennessee has set two new execution dates, just days after putting to death its seventh inmate in the past year-and-a-half. On Monday, the Tennessee Supreme Court ordered an Oct. 8 execution date for inmate Black and a Dec. 3 execution date for Pervis Payne. (Tennessee Department of Correction via AP)

2nd Tennessee inmate seeks execution delay amid coronavirus

Apr. 29, 2020 3:15 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee death row inmate is hoping to become the second in the state to have his execution delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Attorneys for 64-year-old Byron Black on Wednesday requested that the Tennessee Supreme Court reschedule his execution scheduled for Oct. 8. The...