Latest Death penalty controversy News

Judge won't stop Tennessee's third execution since August

Nov. 15, 2018 12:53 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge in Nashville won't stop the upcoming execution of David Earl Miller. Miller argued that the electric chair is unconstitutional and lethal injection is worse. But U.S. District Judge William Campbell on Thursday ruled that Miller's case was unlikely to be successful....

Mexican citizen executed in Texas for killings of wife, kids

Nov. 14, 2018 11:46 PM EST

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Mexican citizen on death row in Texas was executed Wednesday night for the sledgehammer killings of his wife and two children more than 26 years ago. Roberto Moreno Ramos was condemned for the 1992 deaths of his 42-year-old wife Leticia, 7-year-old daughter Abigail, and...

The Latest: Mexican citizen executed for killings in Texas

Nov. 14, 2018 11:19 PM EST

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the execution of a Mexican citizen convicted for the sledgehammer killings of his wife and two children (all times local): 9:42 pm. A 64-year-old Mexican citizen on death row in Texas has been executed for the sledgehammer killings of his wife and two children more...

2 California death row inmates found dead; suicide suspected

Nov. 5, 2018 11:04 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Two condemned multiple murderers, including a serial killer, apparently committed suicide within hours of each other on the nation's largest death row, California officials said Monday. Corrections officials said they found Andrew Urdiales, 54, unresponsive during a security check...

Tennessee man's last words in electric chair: 'Let's rock'

Nov. 1, 2018 9:43 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee inmate's final words were "let's rock" moments before he became the first man executed in the electric chair in that state since 2007, put to death Thursday for shooting two men and slitting their throats during a drug deal decades ago. Edmund Zagorski, 63, was...

The Latest: Condemned man's last words: 'Let's rock'

Nov. 1, 2018 9:01 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on planned execution of Tennessee death row inmate Edmund Zagorski (all times local): 7:50 p.m. A Tennessee inmate's final words were "Let's rock" before he became the first man executed in the electric chair since 2007 in Tennessee. A reporter who witnessed the execution...

Arkansas court strikes mental competency law for executions

Nov. 1, 2018 3:27 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a law that gives the state's prison director authority to determine whether an inmate is mentally competent to be put to death, siding with two convicted murderers who were spared from execution last year. In two 4-3 rulings,...

The Latest: Condemned prisoner appeals to US Supreme Court

Nov. 1, 2018 12:20 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on the scheduled execution of Tennessee inmate Edmund Zagorski (all times local): 11:20 a.m. With just hours left before his scheduled execution, condemned Tennessee inmate Edmund Zagorski is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to put a stop to it. On Thursday Zagorski asked...

Under Trump, federal death penalty cases are ticking up

Oct. 31, 2018 5:49 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Before a suspect was even publicly named, President Donald Trump declared that whoever gunned down 11 people in a Pittsburgh synagogue should "suffer the ultimate price" and that the death penalty should be brought back "into vogue." Trump has largely gotten his wish, at least on the...

South Dakota executes inmate who killed prison guard in 2011

Oct. 29, 2018 11:43 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota inmate who killed a correctional officer seven years ago during a failed prison escape on the guard's 63rd birthday was put to death Monday evening, marking the state's first execution since 2012. Rodney Berget, 56, received a lethal injection of an undisclosed drug...