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Texas parole board recommends delaying Rodney Reed execution

Nov. 15, 2019 4:16 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles on Friday recommended delaying the execution of inmate Rodney Reed, whose conviction is being questioned by new evidence that his supporters say raises serious doubts about his guilt. The parole board unanimously recommended a 120-day reprieve for Reed....

Jury says man convicted in officer murder should get death

Nov. 14, 2019 4:05 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A jury has decided that a man they convicted of first-degree murder in the shooting death of a Pennsylvania police officer should get the death penalty. The jury reached the unanimous verdict Thursday against 31-year-old Rahmael Sal Holt. Holt was convicted Tuesday in the November 2017...

Georgia executes man for store clerk's killing in 1994

Nov. 13, 2019 11:49 PM EST

JACKSON, Ga. (AP) — A man convicted of killing a Georgia convenience store clerk 25 years ago was put to death late Wednesday night, authorities said. Inmate Ray Jefferson Cromartie, 52, was pronounced dead at 10:59 p.m. Wednesday after an injection of pentobarbital at the state prison in Jackson. He made...

Supporters rally on behalf of death row inmate Rodney Reed

Nov. 13, 2019 11:08 PM EST

BASTROP, Texas (AP) — Protesters rallied in support of Rodney Reed’s campaign to stop his scheduled Nov. 20 execution. The protesters rallied Wednesday afternoon outside the Bastrop County district attorney’s office in Bastrop, about 30 miles (48.28 kilometers) southeast of Austin. They heard...

Death penalty debated for woman in baby’s burning death

Nov. 13, 2019 9:02 AM EST

NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) — Prosecutors still are debating on whether to pursue the death penalty against a woman accused of burning her girlfriend’s baby to death, at the girlfriend’s request. The Alexandria Daily Town Talk reports prosecutors debated the move Tuesday at hearing for 27-year-old...

Condemned Georgia man launches another appeal for DNA tests

Nov. 11, 2019 7:29 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia man sentenced to die Wednesday has launched another last-ditch appeal aimed at supporting his claims of innocence, asking a federal judge to stop his execution and order DNA testing on crime scene evidence. In court papers filed Friday in Valdosta, Cromartie's lawyers say such...

All eyes on Texas governor as calls grow to halt execution

Nov. 9, 2019 9:11 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — In his five years as Texas' governor, Republican Greg Abbott has overseen the execution of nearly 50 prisoners while only once sparing a condemned man's life. But Abbott — who has proudly referred to the death penalty as "Texas justice" — has never confronted such intense...

The Latest: Family wants governor to consider new evidence

Nov. 9, 2019 5:09 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Latest on pressure from lawmakers and celebrities to call of the execution of Rodney Reed in Texas (all times local): 4:05 p.m. The family of a Texas death row inmate whose conviction has come under new scrutiny say Republican Gov. Greg Abbott needs to grant a reprieve at a rally...

Celebrities, others ask Texas to halt inmate's execution

Nov. 7, 2019 6:15 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Supporters of a Texas death row inmate who is facing lethal injection in less than two weeks for a murder he says he didn't commit are mounting a final push in the courts and on social media to stop his execution, which is being called into question by lawmakers, pastors, celebrities and the...

Texas executes inmate for strangling El Paso woman in 2002

Nov. 6, 2019 8:04 PM EST

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas inmate who was a member of a white supremacist gang was executed Wednesday evening for strangling a woman nearly 20 years ago over fears she would alert police about his drug operation. Justen Hall, 38, received a lethal injection at the state penitentiary in Huntsville for...