Latest Criminal punishment News

FILE - This photo provided by Tennessee Department of Correction shows death row inmate Nicholas Sutton. According to the Tennessee Department of Correction, Sutton is scheduled to be executed Thursday, Feb. 20 for killing a fellow inmate. (Tennessee Department of Correction via AP, File)

Ultimate choice: Tennessee inmates wrestle with how to die

Feb. 18, 2020 5:19 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — After more than three decades on death row, Don Johnson weighed the options for his own demise: He could keep a promise to his daughter that he wouldn't die in the electric chair. Or, he could opt for the chair and avoid a method that he had heard might make him feel like he was...

FILE - This Feb. 18, 2014, file photo, released by Missouri Department of Corrections, shows death row inmate Walter Barton. The Missouri Supreme Court announced on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, that it has set an execution date for Barton who was convicted of killing 81-year-old Gladys Kuehler in the rural Missouri town of Ozark in 1991. Barton would be the first Missouri inmate executed since Russell Bucklew was put to death in October. (Missouri Department of Corrections via AP, File)

Execution date set for man convicted of killing 81-year-old

Feb. 18, 2020 5:03 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri man 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 set a May19execution date for Walter Barton, 64. He would be the first Missouri inmate put to death since Russell Bucklew...

FILE - This photo provided by Tennessee Department of Correction shows death row inmate Nicholas Sutton. Sutton has been placed on death watch. According to the Tennessee Department of Correction, Sutton was moved to a cell next to the execution chamber early Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, where he'll be under 24-hour surveillance. The 58-year-old is scheduled to be executed Thursday, Feb. 20 for killing a fellow inmate.  (Tennessee Department of Correction via AP, File)

Tennessee inmate moved to death watch; attorneys seek stay

Feb. 18, 2020 4:08 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee inmate Nicholas Sutton was placed on a death watch early Tuesday ahead of his scheduled execution later this week for the decades-old killing of a fellow inmate. Meanwhile, Sutton's attorneys made two last ditch appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court. One asks the justices to...

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter speaks in front of Gov. Kevin Stitt, left, and Rep. Harold Wright during a news conference announcing plans for Oklahoma to resume executions by lethal injection, at the Office of the Attorney General,  Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 in Oklahoma City, Okla.    Executions were halted following a botched lethal injection in 2014 that left an inmate writhing on the gurney and drug mix-ups in 2015 in which the wrong lethal drugs were delivered. (Nate Billings/The Oklahoman via AP)

Attorney general says Oklahoma to resume executions

Feb. 13, 2020 3:48 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma plans to resume executing death-row inmates, five years after lethal injections were put on hold following a series of death-chamber mishaps, state officials announced Thursday. Gov. Kevin Stitt, Attorney General Mike Hunter and Oklahoma Department of Corrections Director...

FILE - In this Oct. 13, 1999, file photo, Ricky Bell, then the warden at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, Tenn., gives a tour of the prison's execution chamber. A federal court filing by an attorney for Tennessee death row inmates shows that email records from the state Department of Correction raise questions about access to certain execution drugs. A filing on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2020 notes that a Nov. 21 email says the department was having a difficult time sourcing vecuronium bromide, a paralyzing agent and the second in Tennessee's three-drug lethal injection. The filing says it doesn't appear the department has procured that drug or another paralytic. An Oct. 30 email says there may be a “loop hole” to getting another drug previously used by Tennessee on its own, pentobarbital, by importing it. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

No autopsies performed on Tennessee's electrocutions

Feb. 13, 2020 2:15 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has not performed autopsies on the four death row inmates who chose to die in the electric chair since the state resumed executions in 2018. The state honored requests that autopsies not be performed from all those inmates. Documents provided to The Associated Press show...

Attorney general says Oklahoma to resume executions, 5 years after death chamber mishaps forced hiatus

Feb. 13, 2020 12:33 PM EST
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Attorney general says Oklahoma to resume executions, 5 years after death chamber mishaps forced hiatus.
This undated photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Abel Ochoa. Ochoa is set to be executed by lethal injection Thursday evening, Feb. 6, 2020, convicted of fatally shooting five family members, including his wife and two children, at their home during a drug-fueled rage nearly 18 years ago. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP)

Texas executes man who killed 5, including wife, children

Feb. 6, 2020 8:52 PM EST

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Dallas man was executed Thursday evening for a shooting in which he killed his wife, two children and two other relatives during a drug-fueled rage nearly 18 years ago. Prosecutors say Abel Ochoa was high on crack cocaine and looking for money to buy more drugs when he started...

Ohio governor delays 3 more executions amid drug shortage

Feb. 3, 2020 1:48 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine delayed three additional executions as the state continues to struggle to find an adequate supply of drugs for lethal injection. The Republican governor's latest warrants of reprieve were issued Friday for condemned prisoners Gregory Lott, John Stumpf, and Warren...

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2009, file photo, Warden of the Louisiana State Penitentiary, Burl Cain, discusses the gurney used for lethal injections to Ruth Graham, far right and others as they visit the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, La. Louisiana cleans its execution chamber at the state penitentiary daily, but it's been more than a decade since a condemned prisoner has laid on the chamber's black-padded gurney to die. Sixty-eight people sit on Louisiana’s death row, with no execution dates set. Though the state historically has been tough on crime and holds the dubious distinction as the nation's incarceration capital, Louisiana seems to be doing very little to carry out its death penalty. (AP Photo/Judi Bottoni, File)

Louisiana executions stall for a decade amid legal quandary

Feb. 3, 2020 10:48 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana cleans its execution chamber at the state penitentiary daily, but it's been more than a decade since a condemned prisoner has laid on the chamber's black-padded gurney to die. Sixty-eight people sit on Louisiana’s death row, with no execution dates set. Though the...

Arkansas city agrees to tests of evidence on executed inmate

Jan. 31, 2020 8:38 PM EST

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A central Arkansas city council voted Friday to allow new tests on fingerprints and DNA evidence relating to the case of a man the state put to death in 2017. The Jacksonville City Council voted to allow the tests that Ledell Lee's family contends could exonerate Lee of the 1993...