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Texas inmate executed for killing prison supervisor in 2003

Dec. 11, 2019 9:04 PM EST

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas inmate was executed by lethal injection Wednesday evening for killing a supervisor at a state prison shoe factory in Amarillo nearly 17 years ago. Travis Runnels, 46, was convicted of slashing the throat of 38-year-old Stanley Wiley on Jan. 29, 2003. Runnels was executed at...

Blind inmate executed in Tennessee for woman's 1991 killing

Dec. 5, 2019 10:33 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A blind prisoner convicted of killing his estranged girlfriend by setting her on fire in her car was put to death Thursday in Tennessee's electric chair, becoming only the second inmate without sight to be executed in the U.S. since the reinstatement of the nation's death penalty in...

Tennessee governor not stopping planned execution Thursday

Dec. 4, 2019 4:21 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced Wednesday that he won't stop the state from putting a blind inmate to death in the electric chair later this week, clearing the way for the execution unless a federal court intervenes. Lee Hall, a 53-year-old inmate who became blind from glaucoma...

US seeks high court permission to resume federal executions

Dec. 2, 2019 8:03 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration asked the Supreme Court on Monday for permission to begin executing federal inmates as soon as next week. The Justice Department said in a filing late Monday that lower courts were wrong to put the executions on hold. Attorney General William Barr announced during...

Tennessee prepares to execute blind death row inmate

Dec. 2, 2019 3:28 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The execution of a blind man in Tennessee this week would mark only the second time in recent decades that a person without vision has been put to death in the U.S., the death row inmate’s lawyers say. Lee Hall, 53, is scheduled to be electrocuted Thursday in a state that has...

Lawyers say federal death row prisoner has Alzheimer’s

Nov. 27, 2019 1:54 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers for a federal death row inmate convicted of rape and murder have asked a federal judge to halt his scheduled execution next month because the prisoner has Alzheimer’s disease and schizophrenia. Wesley Ira Purkey’s lawsuit was filed late Tuesday in Washington. His...

Malaysian court frees Australian woman in drug case

Nov. 26, 2019 9:50 AM EST

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) — An Australian woman escaped the death penalty and was released Tuesday after Malaysia’s top court acquitted her of drug trafficking, a rare ruling that could bolster calls for an end to capital punishment in the country. Defense lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah said the...

Japanese boxer formerly on death row attends pope’s Mass

Nov. 25, 2019 7:43 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — A former Japanese professional boxer who spent 48 years in prison for murders he says he did not commit was among some 50,000 people greeting Pope Francis as he entered Tokyo Dome stadium to celebrate Mass on Monday. Iwao Hakamada, who converted to Catholicism during his decades on death row,...

The Latest: Pope says parents cried over atom bombings

Nov. 25, 2019 7:28 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis’ visit to Japan (all times local): 7 p.m. Pope Francis has told Japanese Emperor Naruhito that he remembers seeing his parents cry over the news of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki 74 years ago. The pope traveled on Sunday to the two Japanese...

AP Exclusive: DOJ would take halted executions to high court

Nov. 21, 2019 6:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr told The Associated Press on Thursday that he would take the Trump administration’s bid to restart federal executions after a 16-year hiatus to the Supreme Court if necessary. Barr’s comments came hours after a district court judge temporarily...