Latest Executions News

Bid to block Nevada death penalty drug plan draws 2nd inmate

Jul. 23, 2021 16:07 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A second condemned inmate is asking a federal judge in Las Vegas to add him to legal challenges being made to the never-before-used method that Nevada prison officials want to employ for their first lethal injection in 15 years. Attorneys for Zane...

Nevada judge issues formal stay of execution pending appeals

Jul. 21, 2021 14:18 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada state judge has issued his formal stay of execution for a convicted killer of four people whose lethal injection would be the first in the state in 15 years. Clark County District Court Judge Michael Villani’s written order, issued Tuesday,...

Tennessee death row inmate makes rare court appearance

Jul. 16, 2021 14:34 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee death row inmate made a rare public appearance Friday during a court hearing about claims that he is intellectually disabled and should not be executed for the slayings of a mother and daughter more than 30 years ago. Wearing a...

Tennessee inmate found dead after execution date request

Jul. 16, 2021 10:28 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee death row inmate Stephen Hugueley was found dead early Friday morning, three days after the state filed a motion to set his execution date. A statement from Tennessee Department of Correction spokesperson Dorinda Carter said he appears...

Projected execution dates halted for 2 Arizona inmates

Jul. 12, 2021 21:46 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Supreme Court on Monday threw out the schedule that would lead to the execution warrants for two death row inmates, delaying the projected dates for their executions. Prosecutors now will have to do more testing of the state’s lethal...

Prisoner objects to proposed change in execution briefings

Jul. 07, 2021 11:20 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A death row prisoner who could be among the first in Arizona to be executed in almost seven years is opposing a move that would reduce the amount of time he would have respond to the state’s request for his execution warrant. Prosecutors asked the...

Nevada's execution drugs expiring as legal battle continues

Jul. 02, 2021 18:46 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada prison officials say one of the drugs they originally planned to use this month in the state’s first execution of an inmate in 15 years expires July 31. Another expires six weeks after a new evidentiary hearing a judge now has scheduled in October to decide if or...

Federal executions halted; Garland orders protocols reviewed

Jul. 02, 2021 00:29 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is halting federal executions after a historic use of capital punishment by the Trump administration, which carried out 13 executions in six months. Attorney General Merrick Garland made the announcement Thursday night, saying...

Federal executions halted; Garland orders protocols reviewed

Jul. 01, 2021 20:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is halting federal executions after a historic use of capital punishment by the Trump administration, which carried out 13 executions in six months. Attorney General Merrick Garland made the announcement Thursday night, saying...

Texas inmate executed for killing wife, father-in-law

Jun. 30, 2021 20:45 PM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas inmate was executed Wednesday evening for an attack that killed his pregnant wife, 5-year-old daughter and father-in-law more than a decade ago. John Hummel received a lethal injection at the state penitentiary in Huntsville for the...