Latest Executions News

FILE - In this April 18, 2017, file photo, Ledell Lee appears in Pulaski County Circuit Court for a hearing in which lawyers argued to stop his execution. Two groups sued a central Arkansas city on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, seeking the release of evidence they say could exonerate Lee who was executed nearly three years ago. (Benjamin Krain/The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP, File)

Groups seek items they say could exonerate executed inmate

Jan. 23, 2020 5:03 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Two groups sued a central Arkansas city on Thursday seeking the release of evidence they say could exonerate an inmate who was executed nearly three years ago. The American Civil Liberties Union and the Innocence Project asked a state judge to order Jacksonville authorities to...

FILE - This file photo provided by Tennessee Department of Correction shows Nicholas Sutton. Tennessee death row inmate Nicholas Sutton has chosen to die by the electric chair, making him the fifth inmate in a little over a year to choose electrocution over the state's preferred execution method of lethal injection. Sutton, sentenced to death in 1985 for stabbing fellow inmate Carl Estep after a confrontation over a drug deal,  is scheduled to be executed on Feb. 20.  (Tennessee Department of Correction via AP)

Fifth condemned Tennessee inmate opts for the electric chair

Jan. 22, 2020 4:59 PM EST

Nashville, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee inmate has chosen the electric chair for his scheduled execution next month, opting like four other inmates in little more than a year for electrocution over the state's preferred execution method of lethal injection. Nicholas Sutton, 58, is scheduled to be put to death...

In this undated photo released by the Georgia Department of Corrections, shows death row inmate Donnie Clevelan Lance, who was convicted of killing his ex-wife and her boyfriend more than 20 years ago. State Attorney General Chris Carr announced Friday, Jan. 17, 2020 that Lance, 66, is scheduled to die on Jan. 29, 2020, at the state prison in Jackson, Ga. (AP Photo/Georgia Department of Corrections)

Georgia sets execution for man convicted of killing 2 people

Jan. 17, 2020 3:16 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia man convicted of killing his ex-wife and her boyfriend more than 20 years ago is set to executed later this month. Donnie Cleveland Lance, 66, is scheduled to die Jan. 29 at the state prison in Jackson, state Attorney General Chris Carr and Department of Corrections Commissioner...

This undated photo made available by the Georgia Department of Corrections shows Jimmy Fletcher Meders. Georgia’s parole board on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, spared the life of Meders just hours ahead of his scheduled execution, commuting his sentence to life without the possibility of parole.  (Georgia Department of Corrections via AP)

Georgia board spares prisoner's life hours before execution

Jan. 16, 2020 3:15 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s parole board on Thursday spared the life of a prisoner just hours ahead of his scheduled execution, commuting his sentence to life without the possibility of parole. Jimmy Fletcher Meders, 58, had been scheduled to receive a lethal injection at 7 p.m. Thursday at the state...

This undated photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows John Gardner. Gardner a Texas inmate with a history of violence against women faces execution for fatally shooting his wife, who had repeatedly told friends and family she would never get out of her marriage alive. Gardner is set to receive a lethal injection Wednesday Jan. 15, 2019 for the January 2005 slaying of Tammy Gardner.(Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP)

Texas inmate executed for killing wife in 2005

Jan. 15, 2020 8:08 PM EST

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas inmate with a history of violence against women was executed Wednesday evening for fatally shooting his wife, who had feared she would never get out of her marriage alive. John Gardner, 64, received a lethal injection at the state penitentiary in Huntsville for the...

Texas has executed a inmate for fatally shooting his wife, who had feared she would be killed by her husband

Jan. 15, 2020 7:46 PM EST
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Texas has executed a inmate for fatally shooting his wife, who had feared she would be killed by her husband.

Tennessee Supreme Court schedules 2 more execution dates

Jan. 15, 2020 7:42 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court on Wednesday scheduled dates to execute two more death row inmates, but justices still haven't ruled on the attorney general's requests to set seven more. Continuing Tennessee's trend toward capital punishment, the court scheduled Oscar Franklin Smith to...

This undated photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows John Gardner. Gardner a Texas inmate with a history of violence against women faces execution for fatally shooting his wife, who had repeatedly told friends and family she would never get out of her marriage alive. Gardner is set to receive a lethal injection Wednesday Jan. 15, 2019 for the January 2005 slaying of Tammy Gardner.(Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP)

Texas inmate faces execution for killing wife in 2005

Jan. 15, 2020 12:53 AM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas inmate with a history of violence against women is set to be executed Wednesday evening for fatally shooting his wife, who had feared she would never get out of her marriage alive. John Gardner, 64, is facing lethal injection for the January 2005 slaying of Tammy Gardner....

This undated photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows Carlos Cuesta-Rodriguez. The U.S. Supreme Court has denied the appeal of Oklahoma death row inmate Cuesta-Rodriguez, who was convicted and sentenced to death for the fatal shooting in 2003 of his common-law wife, Olimpia Cardina Fisher. The court's rejection of the appeal makes him eligible to be scheduled for execution, although Oklahoma has not put an inmate to death since executions were halted in 2015 following a series of bungled lethal injections. (Oklahoma Department of Corrections via AP)

US Supreme Court denies appeal of Oklahoma death row inmate

Jan. 14, 2020 2:43 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has denied the appeal of an Oklahoma death row inmate who was convicted of killing his common-law wife. The Oklahoman first reported that the high court's ruling on Monday that denied without comment the appeal of Carlos Cuesta-Rodriguez, 64. Cuesta-Rodriguez...

This photo provided by Tennessee Department of Correction shows Nicholas Sutton.  Attorneys for Sutton, a Tennessee death row inmate, say he should be spared from execution because he has transformed himself from a killer to a lifesaver while in prison. Sutton was sentenced to death in 1985 for the murder of fellow inmate Carl Estep.  In a Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020 petition to Gov. Bill Lee, Sutton's attorneys say he saved the lives of numerous prison employees and fellow inmates. He is scheduled to be executed on Feb. 20.(Tennessee Department of Correction via AP)

Lawyer: Death row inmate went from life-taker to lifesaver

Jan. 14, 2020 2:09 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee death row inmate Nicholas Sutton should be spared from execution because he transformed himself in prison from a killer to someone who saved the lives of prison employees and fellow inmates, his attorneys argue in a clemency petition. Sutton was sentenced to death in 1985...