Latest Executions News

Egypt executes 9 over 2015 assassination of top prosecutor

Feb. 20, 2019 9:58 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt on Wednesday executed nine suspected Muslim Brotherhood members convicted of involvement in the 2015 assassination of the country's top prosecutor, security officials said. The nine were found guilty of taking part in the bombing that killed Hisham Barakat, the first assassination of a...

Supreme Court rules out death penalty for Texas inmate

Feb. 19, 2019 3:23 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A long legal fight over whether a Texas death row inmate could be executed ended Tuesday after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the 59-year-old man is intellectually disabled and thus cannot be put to death. The Supreme Court's ruling came after prosecutors with the Harris County District...

High court won't hear anti-death penalty Arkansas judge suit

Feb. 19, 2019 11:26 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is leaving in place a decision dismissing a lawsuit filed by a judge in Arkansas who was barred from overseeing execution-related cases after he participated in an anti-death penalty demonstration. The justices said Tuesday that they wouldn't get involved in the lawsuit...

Rights group: Egypt executes 3 Islamists tortured to confess

Feb. 8, 2019 7:29 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — An international rights group on Friday said Egypt executed three Muslim Brotherhood members sentenced to death following torture and beatings to extract confessions. Human Rights Watch said in a statement the families of the men were notified of their hanging on Thursday and asked to come to...

Alabama executes Muslim inmate who wanted imam present

Feb. 8, 2019 12:29 AM EST

ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — A Muslim inmate who filed a legal challenge because Alabama wouldn't let his Islamic spiritual adviser be present in the execution chamber was put to death Thursday after the nation's highest court cleared the way. Dominique Ray, 42, was pronounced dead at 10:12 p.m. of a lethal...

The Latest: Alabama executes inmate who wanted imam present

Feb. 7, 2019 11:22 PM EST

ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on the possible execution of a Muslim inmate in Alabama (all times local): 10:15 p.m. A Muslim inmate who complained in a legal challenge that Alabama wouldn't let his Islamic spiritual adviser be present in the execution chamber has been put to death after the nation's...

U.S. Supreme Court clears way for execution of Alabama Muslim inmate to proceed.

Feb. 7, 2019 9:16 PM EST
ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — U.S. Supreme Court clears way for execution of Alabama Muslim inmate to proceed.

Appeals court blocks Alabama execution of Muslim inmate

Feb. 6, 2019 11:31 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday blocked the planned execution of an Alabama inmate to consider whether the state was violating the Muslim inmate's rights by not allowing an imam to replace a Christian prison chaplain in the death chamber. The 11th U.S Circuit Court of Appeals...

The Latest: Alabama seeks to let Thursday execution proceed

Feb. 6, 2019 7:19 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on the scheduled execution of an Alabama inmate(all times local): 6 p.m. Alabama is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to let it proceed with Thursday's scheduled execution of an inmate convicted of a teenager's killing. The Alabama attorney general's office on Wednesday asked...

Sri Lanka leader asks rights groups not to oppose executions

Feb. 6, 2019 11:20 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's president urged human rights groups on Wednesday not to interfere with his plans to end a 43-year moratorium on capital punishment. Maithripala Sirisena told Parliament that executions will resume in the next two months. He said many larger nations carry out executions...