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FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2019, file photo, state Rep. Tom Sullivan, D-Aurora, who lost his son Alex in the 2012 movie theatre massacre in Aurora, Colo., speaks during a roundtable discussion about the issues of gun control and the need for additional mental health measures with several survivors of mass shooting victims at an office in downtown Denver. Sullivan is opposing a death penalty repeal bill before Colorado lawmakers Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Colorado poised to become 22nd state with no death penalty

Feb. 26, 2020 5:04 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Colorado is set to become the 22nd U.S. state to abolish the death penalty after lawmakers on Wednesday approved a repeal bill that Democratic Gov. Jared Polis has pledged to sign into law. Passage had been virtually certain with Democrats holding a substantial majority in the House —...

This combination of undated photos provided by the The Tennessee Department of Correction shows Pervis Payne, left, and Byron Black. Tennessee has set two new execution dates, just days after putting to death its seventh inmate in the past year-and-a-half. On Monday, the Tennessee Supreme Court ordered an Oct. 8 execution date for inmate Black and a Dec. 3 execution date for Payne. (Tennessee Department of Correction via AP)

Tennessee continues push for executions, setting 2 more

Feb. 24, 2020 9:01 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee on Monday set two new execution dates, days after putting to death its seventh inmate in the past year and a half. The Tennessee Supreme Court ordered an Oct. 8 execution date for Byron Black and a Dec. 3 execution date for Pervis Payne. Black was convicted by a Nashville...

Alabama inmate spared by dementia argument dies on death row

Feb. 24, 2020 6:48 PM EST

ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama inmate spared from execution by questions over whether dementia had erased memories of his crime has died on death row at the age of 69, state officials said Monday. Vernon Madison spent more than three decades on Alabama's death row for the killing of a police officer in...

Protesters gather near Riverbend Maximum Security Institution to protest the execution of Nicholas Sutton Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. Sutton was sentenced to death in 1986 for killing a fellow inmate. The 58-year-old had already been serving time for murdering his grandmother and two others when he was 18. Sutton chose the electric chair over the state's preferred lethal injection method. (Andrew Nelles/The Tennessean via AP)

Tennessee man gets electric chair for killing fellow inmate

Feb. 21, 2020 9:52 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A convicted murderer was put to death in Tennessee's electric chair Thursday, becoming the state's fifth prisoner over 16 months to choose electrocution over the state's preferred method of lethal injection. Nicholas Sutton, 58, was pronounced dead at 7:26 p.m. at the Riverbend...

This undated photo provided by the Arkansas Department of Corrections shows Jerry Lard. Attorney's for Lard, an Arkansas death row inmate convicted for fatally shooting a police officer during a 2011 traffic stop, told the state Supreme Court Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, the inmate has an intellectual disability that makes him ineligible to be executed. The Supreme Court on Thursday did not indicate when it would rule in Lard's latest appeal. (Arkansas Department of Corrections AP)

Intellectual disability cited in death row inmate's appeal

Feb. 20, 2020 9:26 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The attorney for an Arkansas death row inmate convicted for fatally shooting a police officer during a 2011 traffic stop told the state Supreme Court Thursday the inmate has an intellectual disability that makes him ineligible to be executed. Attorneys for the state and Jerry Lard...

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 governor won't intervene in scheduled execution

Feb. 19, 2020 1:18 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said Wednesday he will not grant clemency to a death row inmate whose group of supporters includes family members of his victims and past and present prison workers. Nicholas Sutton, 58, was sentenced to death in 1986 for killing fellow inmate Carl Estep in a...

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 7:52 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...