Latest Executions News

Sister of man who killed Chinese scholar: He was 'gentle'

Jul. 15, 2019 10:46 PM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — The sister of a former University of Illinois student convicted of killing a Chinese scholar told a jury deciding whether he should be executed that he was a "very gentle person" who never raised his voice. Andrea Christensen was the last witness that lawyers for Brendt Christensen...

Questions about Nebraska execution drugs may go unanswered

Jul. 12, 2019 1:40 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's corrections director won't have to testify before lawmakers about the state's lethal injection protocol or how prison officials obtained the drugs used in an execution last year, the state's top court ruled Friday. The Nebraska Supreme Court sided with the state corrections...

'Texas 7' inmate faces October execution for officer's death

Jul. 11, 2019 12:29 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — An inmate who was one of the "Texas 7" escaped prisoners blamed for the 2000 slaying of a Dallas-area police officer faces execution this fall. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice says Randy Halprin is scheduled for execution Oct. 10. TDCJ spokesman Jeremy Desel, in an email Thursday to...

Judge barred from executions cases seeks justices' recusal

Jul. 11, 2019 11:54 AM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge who participated in an anti-death penalty demonstration the same day he blocked the state from using a lethal injection drug wants state Supreme Court justices to disqualify themselves from hearing his request to handle execution-related cases again. Pulaski...

Prosecutors can't seek execution in case against immigrant

Jul. 5, 2019 6:20 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Prosecutors can no longer seek the death penalty against a Mexican immigrant charged with murder in the 2015 shooting death of a convenience store clerk in a Phoenix suburb because the accused is intellectually disabled, a judge has ruled. The ruling Wednesday means Apolinar Altamirano will...

Sri Lanka's top court stays executions until Oct. 30

Jul. 5, 2019 8:34 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's Supreme Court on Friday issued a temporary injunction against the execution of four people, a week after the country's president announced he would end the country's 43-year moratorium on the death penalty. The court issued the injunction until Oct. 30 in response to a...

Sri Lanka recruits 2 hangmen ahead of planned execution

Jul. 1, 2019 3:21 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan prison authorities have recruited two hangmen ahead of planned executions that would end a 43-year old moratorium on death penalty, an official said on Monday. The recruitment of the two hangmen comes as the prison authorities are preparing to carry out an order by Sri...

EU says planned Sri Lanka executions contradict commitments

Jun. 28, 2019 4:56 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The European Union has criticized Sri Lanka's move to resume executions, saying it would directly contradict the country's commitment to maintain a 43-year moratorium on death penalty at the U.N. General Assembly last year. The EU said in a statement Thursday that Sri Lanka's...

Sri Lanka leader orders execution of 4 drug convicts

Jun. 26, 2019 4:20 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's president said on Wednesday that he has ordered the executions of four drug offenders who will be hanged in prison soon, amid alarm over drug-related crimes in this Indian Ocean island nation. The executions if carried out will end a 43-year moratorium on capital...

Execution date set for Missouri inmate with rare condition

Jun. 25, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri death row inmate who has received last-minute reprieves twice before over concerns about a rare medical condition is now scheduled to die in October. The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday set an Oct. 1 execution date for Russell Bucklew, who was convicted in the 1996 shooting...