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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...

Timeline of events involving capital punishment in Oklahoma

Feb. 13, 2020 2:39 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma had conducted 112 executions from 1976 to October 2015, when the state imposed a moratorium following three consecutive flawed executions or attempted executions. Here is a look at those and other issues surrounding capital punishment in Oklahoma as the state prepares to...

This undated photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Abel Ochoa. Ochoa is set to be executed by lethal injection Thursday evening, Feb. 6, 2020, convicted of fatally shooting five family members, including his wife and two children, at their home during a drug-fueled rage nearly 18 years ago. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP)

Texas executes man who killed 5, including wife, children

Feb. 6, 2020 8:52 PM EST

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Dallas man was executed Thursday evening for a shooting in which he killed his wife, two children and two other relatives during a drug-fueled rage nearly 18 years ago. Prosecutors say Abel Ochoa was high on crack cocaine and looking for money to buy more drugs when he started...

In this Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, photo, a Saudi man carries his coffee pot as he walks past a banner showing Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, outside a mall in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia. Human rights organization Amnesty International says Saudi Arabia has used a special anti-terrorism court as

Amnesty finds Saudi anti-terror court a weapon of repression

Feb. 6, 2020 2:19 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia has used a secretive court established to try terrorism cases as "a weapon of repression" to imprison peaceful critics, activists, journalists, clerics and minority Muslim Shiites, including some who were sentenced to death and executed, Amnesty International...

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2009, file photo, Warden of the Louisiana State Penitentiary, Burl Cain, discusses the gurney used for lethal injections to Ruth Graham, far right and others as they visit the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, La. Louisiana cleans its execution chamber at the state penitentiary daily, but it's been more than a decade since a condemned prisoner has laid on the chamber's black-padded gurney to die. Sixty-eight people sit on Louisiana’s death row, with no execution dates set. Though the state historically has been tough on crime and holds the dubious distinction as the nation's incarceration capital, Louisiana seems to be doing very little to carry out its death penalty. (AP Photo/Judi Bottoni, File)

Louisiana executions stall for a decade amid legal quandary

Feb. 3, 2020 10:48 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana cleans its execution chamber at the state penitentiary daily, but it's been more than a decade since a condemned prisoner has laid on the chamber's black-padded gurney to die. Sixty-eight people sit on Louisiana’s death row, with no execution dates set. Though the...

Mauritania arrests 10 gay men after purported gay wedding

Jan. 31, 2020 4:45 AM EST

NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania (AP) — Authorities in Mauritania have arrested 10 men after a video appeared on social media of a gay couple appearing to take part in a traditional wedding ceremony, human rights groups said. Police later determined the gathering was a birthday party but the men remain in custody...

FILE - In this undated file photo released by the Georgia Department of Corrections, shows death row inmate Donnie Cleveland Lance, who was convicted of killing his ex-wife and her boyfriend more than 20 years ago. Lance is scheduled to receive a lethal injection at the state prison in Jackson, Ga., Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. (Georgia Department of Corrections via AP, File)

Georgia man put to death for the 1997 killings of 2 people

Jan. 29, 2020 10:39 PM EST

JACKSON, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man convicted of killing his ex-wife and her boyfriend more than two decades ago was put to death Wednesday evening, becoming the state's first inmate to be executed this year. Donnie Cleveland Lance, 66, received a lethal injection at the state prison in Jackson. His time of...

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...

FILE - In this Monday, April 15, 2013 file photo, Pakistan's former President and military ruler Pervez Musharraf addresses his party supporters at his house in Islamabad, Pakistan. On Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, a Pakistani court, overturned the death sentence given to the country's ailing former dictator, saying a special court that last month convicted and sentenced Musharraf had been formed in violation of the law. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash, File)

Pakistan court overturns death penalty for ex-president

Jan. 13, 2020 8:18 AM EST

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani court on Monday overturned the death sentence given to the country's ex-military ruler, Pervez Musharraf, a former close U.S. ally in the war against terror. The Lahore High Court ruled that the special tribunal formed to try the ex-president was not legal. Musharraf's...

Arkansas inmate cites mental illness in death penalty appeal

Jan. 9, 2020 2:31 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas death row inmate convicted of killing a state legislator's daughter was diagnosed with schizophrenia and should not be executed, his attorney told the state Supreme Court Thursday. Justices heard arguments over Karl Roberts' appeal of his conviction and death sentence...