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UN human rights chief decries new Myanmar death sentences

Dec. 02, 2022 22:53 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar's military-installed government has sentenced more critics to death, bringing the total to 139, and is using capital punishment as a tool to crush opposition, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights said Friday. High Commissioner Volker Türk said at...

Missouri man put to death for killing police officer in 2005

Nov. 29, 2022 21:38 PM EST

BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man convicted of ambushing and killing a St. Louis area police officer he blamed in the death of his younger brother was executed Tuesday night. Kevin Johnson, 37, died after an injection of pentobarbital at the state prison in Bonne Terre. It was...

Judge mulls arguments in Mississippi death penalty protocol

Nov. 28, 2022 20:38 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge will decide whether to block Mississippi from using three drugs when it puts inmates to death, and his ruling could determine whether the state carries out its next execution in about two weeks. U.S. District Judge Henry Wingate heard several...

Algeria sentences 49 to death for mob killing amid wildfires

Nov. 24, 2022 23:08 PM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — An Algerian court sentenced 49 people to death Thursday for the brutal mob killing of a painter who had been suspected of starting devastating wildfires -- but had actually come to help fight them, according to defense lawyers and the state news agency. The...

Alabama pausing executions after 3rd failed lethal injection

Nov. 21, 2022 15:16 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey sought a pause in executions and ordered a “top-to-bottom” review of the state's capital punishment system Monday after an unprecedented third failed lethal injection. Ivey's office issued a statement saying she had both asked...

Alabama fails to complete lethal injection for 3rd time

Nov. 18, 2022 23:00 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's string of troubled lethal injections, which worsened late Thursday as prison workers aborted another execution because of a problem with intravenous lines, is unprecedented nationally, a group that tracks capital punishment said Friday. The...

Oklahoma executes man for 1993 killing of 3-year-old boy

Nov. 18, 2022 01:36 AM EST

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma executed a man Thursday for the torture slaying of his girlfriend’s 3-year-old son in 1993, the third of four scheduled executions in the U.S. over a two-day stretch. With Richard Stephen Fairchild's execution, the state has now put to death seven...

Judge denies Missouri prosecutor request to halt execution

Nov. 17, 2022 15:18 PM EST

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man who killed a police officer still faces execution later this month after a judge denied a special prosecutor's request to halt the death sentence. Kevin Johnson is scheduled to die by injection on Nov. 29. The 37-year-old killed Kirkwood,...

Texas executes man for killing ex-girlfriend and her son, 7

Nov. 16, 2022 21:56 PM EST

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas inmate who killed his pregnant ex-girlfriend and her 7-year-old son more than 17 years ago was executed on Wednesday, after courts rejected his appeals over claims of religious freedom violations and indifference to his medical needs. Stephen...

Arizona executes man for 1980 killings of 2 people

Nov. 16, 2022 21:47 PM EST

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona man convicted of murdering two people in 1980 was put to death Wednesday in the state’s third execution since officials resumed carrying out the death penalty in May after a nearly eight-year hiatus. Murray Hooper, 76, received a lethal injection...