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This undated image taken from video provided by attorney Susan Otto shows Christopher Vialva in the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Ind. Otto, the lawyer for Vialva, the first Black inmate set to die in a series of federal executions this year says race played a central role in landing him on death row for slaying a white couple from Iowa. Otto says just one juror was Black and 11 white at Vialva's 2000 federal trial in western Texas. Vialva's execution is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. (Photo courtesy of Susan Otto via AP)

Feds put first Black inmate to death since execution restart

Sep. 24, 2020 10:52 PM EDT

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — A man who killed a religious couple visiting Texas from Iowa was executed Thursday, the first Black inmate put to death as part of the Trump administration’s resumption of federal executions after a nearly 20-year pause. Christopher Vialva, 40, was pronounced dead shortly...

FILE - This file photo provided by Tennessee Department of Correction shows Pervis Payne.  Shelby County Judge Paula Skahan ruled Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020,  in favor of attorneys for Payne, who had filed a petition in July requesting DNA testing in the long-running case.  Payne, is scheduled to be executed on Dec. 3 in Nashville.  (Tennessee Department of Correction via AP, File)

Judge rules for DNA testing in Tennessee death penalty case

Sep. 16, 2020 5:25 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — DNA tests on a knife and other evidence must be performed in the case of a Tennessee death row inmate facing execution in December for the stabbing deaths of a woman and her daughter 33 years ago, a judge ruled Wednesday. Shelby County Judge Paula Skahan ruled in favor of attorneys...

Sheriff: Deputy attacked, slain by inmate in Detroit jail

Sep. 3, 2020 11:53 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A deputy at a jail in downtown Detroit was beaten to death by an inmate while checking to make sure cell doors were closed, authorities said. The attack on Cpl. Bryant Searcy, 50, happened about 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, the Wayne County sheriff's office said Thursday. Searcy walked past a cell...

Cherri West, center, is joined by her daughter Terri West, left, and granddaughter Angelica West after witnessing the execution of her daughter's killer Keith Dwayne Nelson at the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Ind., Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. Nelson, who was convicted of kidnapping, raping and murdering at 10-year-old Kansas girl, was executed and pronounced death at 4:32pm. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Kansas girl's killer 5th federal inmate executed this year

Aug. 28, 2020 8:34 PM EDT

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — A Kansas girl’s killer Friday became the fifth federal inmate put to death this year, an execution that went forward only after a higher court tossed a ruling that would have required the government to get a prescription for the drug used to kill him. Questions about whether...

FILE - In this July 17, 2020, file photo the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Ind., is shown.  The killing of an inmate who was beaten to death at a federal lockup in Indiana is under investigation by the FBI, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020,  about an attack that revives questions about safety in the beleaguered federal prison system.(AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

AP Exclusive: Inmate beaten to death at federal lockup

Aug. 25, 2020 2:02 PM EDT

The killing of an inmate who was beaten to death at a federal lockup in Indiana is under investigation by the FBI, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press about an attack that revives questions about safety in the beleaguered federal prison system. An autopsy determined the May death of Jose...

FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2015, file photo, Marlin Gusman, sheriff of New Orleans, speaks outside a new jail facility in New Orleans as buses transferring inmates from the old jail arrive. Gusman can be put back in control of the city’s notoriously troubled jail despite still-serious problems that triggered a 2012 lawsuit and U.S. Justice Department oversight, a federal judge ruled Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

New Orleans sheriff regains authority over troubled jail

Aug. 5, 2020 7:27 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The sheriff of New Orleans can be put back in control of the city’s long-troubled jail despite still-serious problems that triggered U.S. Justice Department oversight and a 2012 lawsuit, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. Sheriff Marlin Gusman had agreed to cede authority over the...