Latest Death penalty controversy News

Catholic bishops ask Parson to halt upcoming execution

Sep. 19, 2019 12:40 PM EDT

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's four Catholic bishops are asking Gov. Mike Parson to spare the life of a convicted killer whose execution is approaching. Russell Bucklew faces execution Oct. 1 for killing Michael Sanders in Cape Girardeau County in 1996. The Southeast Missourian reports that the...

Court won't block death penalty trials despite moratorium

Sep. 11, 2019 9:04 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Supreme Court refused Wednesday to block death penalty cases from proceeding during Gov. Gavin Newsom's moratorium on executions. The justices rejected defense attorneys' arguments that jurors can't realistically gauge the seriousness of imposing a death sentence if...

Texas executes man who killed woman during spate of crimes

Sep. 10, 2019 8:38 PM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas death row inmate was executed Tuesday for fatally shooting a 61-year-old grandmother at her North Texas home nearly a decade ago during an eight-day spate of crimes that included thefts and another killing. Mark Anthony Soliz, 37, received a lethal injection at the state...

The Latest: Texas executes inmate for 2010 killing of woman

Sep. 10, 2019 7:43 PM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the execution of a Texas inmate for the shooting death of a woman during a spate of crimes (all times local): 6:40 p.m. A Texas death row inmate has been executed for fatally shooting a 61-year-old grandmother at her North Texas home nearly a decade ago during an...

Man facing federal death penalty seeks to halt execution

Sep. 10, 2019 12:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers for a federal prisoner scheduled to be put to death in December want a federal appeals court to halt his execution so they can interview jurors who heard his case. Lezmond Mitchell's attorneys said Tuesday that they filed the request for a stay with the U.S. Court of Appeals for...

Harris seeks end to executions, cash bail, private prisons

Sep. 9, 2019 6:10 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — California Sen. Kamala Harris, whose record as a prosecutor has been under scrutiny since she entered the presidential race, has unveiled a criminal justice plan that calls for abolishing the death penalty, ending cash bail and collecting more data on officer-involved shootings. Harris...

Texas inmate executed for killing 2 women in 2003

Sep. 4, 2019 8:14 PM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas death row inmate was executed Wednesday for fatally stabbing an 89-year-old woman and her daughter more than 16 years ago after entering their Fort Worth home under the pretense of doing some work for them. Billy Jack Crutsinger, 64, received a lethal injection Wednesday...

The Latest: Texas executes man for killing 2 women

Sep. 4, 2019 7:54 PM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the scheduled execution of a Texas inmate (all times local): 6:50 p.m. A Texas death row inmate has been executed for fatally stabbing an 89-year-old woman and her daughter more than 16 years ago after entering their Fort Worth home under the pretense of doing some...

Condemned inmate waits to hear whether he will be spared

Aug. 29, 2019 6:58 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A condemned Tennessee prisoner is waiting to hear whether he will be spared the death chamber after he claimed prosecutors illegally excluded African Americans from the jury pool. Abu-Ali Abdur'Rahman (ah-BOO'-ah-LEE') (AHB'-dur-RAK'-mahn), who is black, faces an April 16 execution...

Death penalty filing in synagogue massacre brings opposition

Aug. 28, 2019 6:15 AM EDT

The decision by federal prosecutors to seek the death penalty for the man accused of killing 11 worshippers inside a Pittsburgh synagogue was made despite opposition from some of the people most affected by the massacre. The filing made this week by the U.S. attorney's office in Pittsburgh disappointed Dor...