Latest Executions News

Judge: Death row inmate hasn’t proven prejudice by juror

Nov. 19, 2019 6:49 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee death row inmate nearing execution has failed to prove a juror was prejudiced against him when she helped sentence him to death decades ago, a judge ruled Tuesday. In his ruling, Hamilton County Criminal Court Judge Don Poole declined to reopen 53-year-old Lee...

Judge denies DNA testing sought 13 years post-execution

Nov. 18, 2019 3:56 PM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The daughter of a man executed 13 years ago for murder does not have legal standing to seek DNA testing of evidence in the case, a Memphis judge ruled Monday, but the judge also said the ruling wasn’t based on the merits of the claims. April Alley is the daughter of Sedley...

The Latest: Daughter ‘heartbroken’ over DNA evidence ruling

Nov. 18, 2019 3:40 PM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on attempts to test DNA evidence in a murder 13 years after a Tennessee man was executed for the crime (all times local): 2:40 p.m. The daughter of a man executed for murder 13 years ago says she is “heartbroken” that a Tennessee judge dismissed her petition...

Texas appeals court blocks inmate Rodney Reed’s execution

Nov. 15, 2019 7:20 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas’ top criminal appeals court on Friday halted the scheduled execution of inmate Rodney Reed, whose conviction is being questioned by new evidence that his supporters say raises serious doubt about his guilt. The stay of execution by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals came just...

The Latest: Texas appeals court blocks Rodney Reed execution

Nov. 15, 2019 6:00 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on the scheduled execution of Rodney Reed (all times local): 5 p.m. Texas highest criminal appeals court has stopped the execution of inmate Rodney Reed, whose conviction is being questioned by new evidence in his case. The stay of execution issued Friday afternoon by the Texas...

Texas parole board says inmate Rodney Reed’s execution should be delayed; governor to make decision

Nov. 15, 2019 2:51 PM EST
HOUSTON (AP) — Texas parole board says inmate Rodney Reed’s execution should be delayed; governor to make decision.

Georgia executes man for store clerk's killing in 1994

Nov. 13, 2019 11:49 PM EST

JACKSON, Ga. (AP) — A man convicted of killing a Georgia convenience store clerk 25 years ago was put to death late Wednesday night, authorities said. Inmate Ray Jefferson Cromartie, 52, was pronounced dead at 10:59 p.m. Wednesday after an injection of pentobarbital at the state prison in Jackson. He made...

The Latest: Georgia executes man for ‘94 store clerk killing

Nov. 13, 2019 11:31 PM EST

JACKSON, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on a Georgia death penalty case (all times local): 11:05 p.m. Georgia has executed a man convicted of the 1994 killing of a convenience store clerk. Officials say 52-year-old Ray Jefferson Cromartie was pronounced dead at 10:59 p.m. Wednesday after an injection of...

Supporters rally on behalf of death row inmate Rodney Reed

Nov. 13, 2019 11:08 PM EST

BASTROP, Texas (AP) — Protesters rallied in support of Rodney Reed’s campaign to stop his scheduled Nov. 20 execution. The protesters rallied Wednesday afternoon outside the Bastrop County district attorney’s office in Bastrop, about 30 miles (48.28 kilometers) southeast of Austin. They heard...

Death row inmate points to biased juror as execution nears

Nov. 13, 2019 11:54 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — As Tennessee prepares to electrocute yet another death row inmate, a last-minute legal battle has raised questions surrounding the possible bias of a juror who helped hand down the original death sentence decades ago. Attorneys for Lee Hall say they have found a woman —...