Latest Executions News

President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Monday, April 6, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump gets win in executions case, but more litigation ahead

Apr. 7, 2020 1:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An appeals court sided with the Trump administration Tuesday in its effort to resume executions of federal death row prisoners but sent a legal challenge by inmates back to a lower court for further review. The decision leaves unresolved for now whether, and if so when, executions might...

Texas court delays 2nd execution due to virus outbreak

Mar. 19, 2020 4:49 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' highest criminal court on Thursday delayed the scheduled execution of a second death row inmate as the state tries to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ordered a 60-day delay of Tracy Beatty's scheduled March 25 execution “in light of...

In this undated photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice is John Hummel. The outbreak of the novel coronavirus has prompted the top Texas appeals court to grant a 60-day execution stay for Hummel, condemned for killing his family and was to be put to death Wednesday, March 18, 2020, in the Texas death chamber. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP)

COVID-19 stay: Execution halted for man who killed family

Mar. 16, 2020 7:33 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The outbreak of the novel coronavirus prompted the top Texas criminal appeals court on Monday to stay for 60 days the scheduled execution of a man condemned for killing his family. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals rejected all grounds of John William Hummel's appeal but said it would...

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey gives the State of the State Address to a joint session of the Alabama Legislature on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, in the old house chamber of the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)

Sister of executed man to governor: 'You killed my brother'

Mar. 12, 2020 7:04 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The sister of an executed inmate, whose case drew national scrutiny because he was not the gunman, confronted Alabama's governor on Thursday for not stopping the lethal injection. The sister of Nathaniel Woods approached Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey as she spoke with reporters about the...

This undated photo provided by the Arkansas Department of Corrections shows Jerry Lard. The Arkansas Supreme Court has ruled that Lard, a death row inmate convicted of killing a police officer during a traffic stop is mentally competent to drop his appeal. Justices on Thursday, March 12, 2020, rejected the appeal of Lard, who was convicted of the fatal shooting of Trumann police officer Jonathan Schmidt. (Arkansas Department of Corrections AP)

Arkansas court says death row inmate can drop appeal

Mar. 12, 2020 5:48 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that a death row inmate convicted of killing a police officer during a traffic stop is mentally competent to drop his appeal. Justices in a 6-1 ruling rejected the appeal of Jerry Lard, who was convicted in the fatal shooting of Trumann...

Idaho faces another lawsuit over lethal injection secrecy

Mar. 7, 2020 3:02 AM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — In May 2012, before he was appointed director of the Idaho Department of Correction, Josh Tewalt bought “lethal injection drugs” with a suitcase full of cash in a Walmart parking lot, new court documents allege. The drugs were later used in the execution of an Idaho prison...

This undated photo from the Alabama Department of Corrections shows Nathaniel Woods. Martin Luther King, III, the son of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as family members of Woods, a condemned Alabama inmate, are asking the governor to to stop his execution. Woods is scheduled to be executed on Thursday, March 5, 2020. Woods and co-defendant Kerry Spencer were convicted of capital murder for the 2004 killings of three Birmingham police officers. Spencer was also sentenced to death for the killings (Alabama Department of Corrections via AP)

Alabama executes man convicted in killing of 3 officers

Mar. 6, 2020 2:15 AM EST

ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — A man convicted as an accomplice in the 2004 killings of three police officers in Alabama who were shot by another man was executed Thursday evening. Inmate Nathaniel Woods, 43, was pronounced dead at 9:01 p.m. CST Thursday following a lethal injection at the state prison in Atmore,...

This undated photo from the Alabama Department of Corrections shows Nathaniel Woods. Martin Luther King, III, the son of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as family members of Woods, a condemned Alabama inmate, are asking the governor to to stop his execution. Woods is scheduled to be executed on Thursday, March 5, 2020. Woods and co-defendant Kerry Spencer were convicted of capital murder for the 2004 killings of three Birmingham police officers. Spencer was also sentenced to death for the killings (Alabama Department of Corrections via AP)

MLK's son asks Alabama to stop inmate's upcoming execution

Mar. 4, 2020 8:29 PM EST

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — The son of Martin Luther King, Jr. has called on Alabama's governor to stop Thursday's plan to execute an inmate for the 2004 killings of three police officers in which authorities say a co-defendant did the shooting. Nathaniel Woods, 43, is scheduled to receive a lethal injection...

FILE - This undated file photo provided on July 11, 2019, by the South Carolina Department of Corrections shows the new death row at Broad River Correctional Institution in Columbia, S.C. Some lawmakers in South Carolina are pushing a bill that would give death row inmates no choice but to be executed in the electric chair. Opponents of the bill in the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, say the electric chair is barbaric and changing the method after a prisoner is sent to death row could open the state up to lawsuits. (South Carolina Department of Corrections via AP, File)

S Carolina mulls electric chair as only option for condemned

Mar. 3, 2020 7:33 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina once had one of the county's highest rates of execution, even putting two prisoners to death in one night. But now the state hasn't executed a prisoner in nine years and currently lacks the drugs to carry out lethal injections for any of the 37 inmates on the state's...

FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2019, file photo, state Rep. Tom Sullivan, D-Aurora, who lost his son Alex in the 2012 movie theatre massacre in Aurora, Colo., speaks during a roundtable discussion about the issues of gun control and the need for additional mental health measures with several survivors of mass shooting victims at an office in downtown Denver. Sullivan is opposing a death penalty repeal bill before Colorado lawmakers Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Colorado poised to become 22nd state with no death penalty

Feb. 26, 2020 5:04 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Colorado is set to become the 22nd U.S. state to abolish the death penalty after lawmakers on Wednesday approved a repeal bill that Democratic Gov. Jared Polis has pledged to sign into law. Passage had been virtually certain with Democrats holding a substantial majority in the House —...