Latest Executions News

Arkansas justices face ethics charges over judge's case

Sep. 20, 2018 9:58 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A disciplinary panel filed ethics charges Thursday against six Arkansas Supreme Court justices over their decision to prohibit a judge who participated in an anti-death penalty demonstration from handling any execution-related cases. A Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission...

Death sentence for ex-doctor who killed 4 people in Nebraska

Sep. 14, 2018 8:59 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A former doctor was sentenced to death on Friday for the revenge killings of four people connected to a Nebraska medical school, including the 11-year-old son of a physician who helped fire the man from a residency program nearly two decades ago. Anthony Garcia, 45, of Indiana entered...

Nevada prisons drug buyer knew firms opposed execution use

Sep. 12, 2018 9:30 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada's prisons pharmacy chief testified Wednesday that she obtained drugs for the lethal injection of a convicted killer despite knowing that drug manufacturers didn't want their products used for executions. Department of Corrections Pharmacy Director Linda Fox said during questioning...

Prisons chief: Supplier error got Nevada its execution drugs

Sep. 11, 2018 11:19 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada's prisons chief testified Tuesday that after more than 200 drug companies refused to supply drugs for use in an execution, a supplier's mistake on a buyers' list gave the state an opening to obtain a sedative that officials want to use in a twice-postponed lethal injection. Under...

The Latest: Nevada top doctor has no US medical license

Sep. 11, 2018 9:09 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on a court hearings on a pharmaceutical companies lawsuit to stop Nevada from using their drugs for a lethal injection (all times local): 5:45 p.m. Nevada's top doctor isn't licensed to practice medicine in the United States. Ihsan Azzam (ay-SAHN' AH'-zahm) testified in Las...

Nevada high court says execution doctor's name stays secret

Sep. 10, 2018 8:50 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The name of the physician picked to attend a state inmate's execution can remain secret, even from drug makers suing to ban the use of their products in the twice-postponed lethal injection, the Nevada Supreme Court ruled Monday. In a twist, lawyers for three pharmaceutical companies who...

Arkansas court hears 2 death row inmates' appeals

Sep. 6, 2018 4:44 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Attorneys for two death row inmates who were spared from execution last year asked Arkansas' highest court on Thursday to strike down a law that gives the state's prison director authority to determine whether they're mentally competent to be put to death. The Arkansas Supreme...

Second of Arkansas' 3 lethal injection drugs expires

Aug. 31, 2018 12:45 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The second of Arkansas' three lethal injection drugs has expired and prison officials say their search for a replacement remains on hold until an execution secrecy law is expanded. Arkansas' supply of potassium chloride, which stops the inmate's heart, expired Friday. Its supply of...

Court won't revive judge's lawsuit over execution protest

Aug. 29, 2018 4:25 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal appeals court said Wednesday that it won't revive an Arkansas judge's lawsuit challenging his disqualification from execution cases for participating in an anti-death penalty demonstration outside the governor's mansion. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied a...

Lethal injection or gas? Alabama's death row gets to choose

Aug. 25, 2018 1:35 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Some say inhaling nitrogen gas would be like dying on a plane that depressurizes in flight, swiftly killing all aboard. Now more than a quarter of Alabama's death row inmates have signed statements saying they would prefer that gas over lethal injection or the electric chair when...