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Oklahoma prepares to execute man for 1985 slaying of teacher

Dec. 09, 2021 09:21 AM EST

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma is preparing to execute a man Thursday for the 1985 shooting death of an Oklahoma City-area schoolteacher after federal courts rejected his claim that the state's three-drug lethal injection method is unconstitutional. Bigler Stouffer II, 79, is set...

Scott Peterson resentenced to life term in wife's 2002 death

Dec. 08, 2021 16:53 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Nearly 17 years after being sentenced to die, Scott Peterson was resentenced to life without parole Wednesday during an emotional hearing in which family members of his slain pregnant wife, Laci, called him out for the Christmas Eve killing in 2002 and his apparent lack...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Dec. 08, 2021 14:49 PM EST

Jamestown Post-Journal. December 3, 2021. Editorial: State’s Green Energy Goals Come Home To Roost In Your BPU Bills The cost of New York’s clean energy program continues to go up for Board of Public Utilities users – though the state is doing its best to make...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Dec. 08, 2021 14:05 PM EST

Palm Beach Post. December 5, 2021. Editorial: Court ruling a wake-up call for better approach to gambling Just when it appeared Florida was on its way to becoming a gambling mecca, a federal judge invalidated an agreement between the state and the Seminoles that would...

Attorney: Dismiss Mississippi inmate's request for execution

Dec. 08, 2021 13:02 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — An attorney for a Mississippi inmate is asking the state Supreme Court to dismiss the inmate’s request for an execution date. Blayde Nathaniel Grayson has been on death row 24 years. He said in a handwritten letter to justices last week: "I ask to see that...

Oklahoma judge stays Jan. 6 execution for competency hearing

Dec. 06, 2021 19:44 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A state court judge in Oklahoma granted a temporary stay of execution on Monday for a death row inmate convicted of killing a security guard during a 2004 bank robbery in Tulsa. Pittsburg County Associate District Judge Tim Mills issued the stay so that a...

Man admits to another killing just before execution

Dec. 06, 2021 18:51 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A man who was executed in Mississippi last month for killing his estranged wife admitted to another killing, and his confession could resolve a 2007 cold case, a prosecutor said Monday. Before his execution on Nov. 17, David Neal Cox told his attorneys he...

Alabama inmate who survived execution bid buried with family

Dec. 04, 2021 10:44 AM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama inmate who survived an execution attempt and died years later of natural causes was laid to rest in a grave dug by family and friends, his lawyer said. Doyle Lee Hamm, who was convicted of capital murder in the slaying of a motel clerk...

Oklahoma governor denies clemency for death row inmate

Dec. 03, 2021 19:03 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt denied clemency on Friday for a death row inmate sentenced to die for the 1985 shooting death of a Putnam City schoolteacher. The Republican governor's decision clears the way for Bigler Stouffer II, 79, to receive a lethal...

Another Mississippi inmate asks state to set execution date

Dec. 03, 2021 17:26 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi death row inmate says he wants the state to start planning his execution — a request that comes weeks after another Mississippi prisoner surrendered appeals and was put to death. “I ask to see that my execution should be carried...