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Hearing set for convicted murderer Ray Johnson

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 9:38am

Johnson was sentenced to death in 1998 for the murder of Angela Sizemore. It was 1994 when the a young mother was killed after she was raped and stabbed 41 times.

Bills filed to end death penalty, address religious freedom

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 5:24am

A bill that would help firefighters diagnosed with cancer due to their work sailed through a House committee, while several bills landed on the desks of the House and Senate clerks Wednesday. Also, a Senate panel approved a measure that would eliminate the death penalty although the bill is unlikely to pass the full Senate, which has a supermajority of Republican lawmakers.

Arkansas panel OKs eliminating death sentence as penalty

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 1:19am

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday approved legislation that would eliminate the death penalty as a sentencing option in capital murder cases. Arkansas has 32 inmates on death row but hasn't executed anyone in nearly a decade due to legal challenges over the state's lethal injection procedures.

Report: Jury weighing sentence for Jodi Arias

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 9:15pm

In the retrial of her sentencing, the case went to the jury Wednesday in Arizona, the AP said. Jurors must decide if Arias will be sentenced to life in prison or death for killing her boyfriend.

Key facts about Jodi Arias murder case

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 9:15pm

The Jodi Arias legal saga has dragged on for nearly seven years and had no shortage of eye-catching moments. It started with a gruesome killing, continued with a series of bizarre post-arrest interviews by Arias, and became a full-blown sensation during a more than four-month trial.

Imprisoned Ohio man avoids death penalty in fire deaths

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 5:15pm

A man already serving a life sentence in Ohio has avoided being sentenced to death after being convicted of setting a fire that killed two people in Lima. Church already is serving a life sentence with no chance of parole for a 2010 slaying.

Can Tom Wolf really kill the death penalty?

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 4:15pm

Three decades ago, two teenagers - Terrance Williams, a former star quarterback at Germantown High School, and his friend Marc Draper - committed a seemingly unthinkable murder. The pair lured 56-year-old Amos Norwood to Ivy Hill Cemetery in East Mt.

Mohave County to retry death penalty case

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 12:11pm

More than two months after the Arizona Supreme Court overturned the murder conviction - and subsequent death penalty - of Darrell Bryant Ketchner, 57, the Mohave County Attorney's office has decided to retry the case. They have done so despite the fact Ketchner will still remain in prison for the rest of his natural life due to convictions that were not reversed and add up to a 75-year term.

Thailand reverses death sentences for two men who murdered Australian Michael Wansley

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 8:06am

Bangkok: A Thai court has reversed death sentences for two men convicted over the execution-style murder of prominent Melbourne insolvency expert Michael Wansley in 1999. A former chairman of the Australian Red Cross who had been awarded the Order of Australia for services to charity, Mr Wansley, 58, was shot dead by a gunman on the back of a motorcycle while employed by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu to investigate financial malpractice at Thai sugar mills.

Indonesia judge rejects appeal by Australians on death row

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 3:51am

An Indonesian court rejects a clemency appeal by two Australians facing execution as the president takes a hard line. Katie Sargent reports.

OP-ED: Is death penalty the only justice?

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 11:42pm

After Gov. Tom Wolf announced he was halting executions until the results of a bipartisan study on the fairness, cost and efficacy of capital punishment in the commonwealth are released and addressed, I was dismayed to read comments from the Dauphin County prosecutor calling the governor's decision a "punch in the stomach" to murder victims' families. As a former prosecutor and capital defense attorney, I have witnessed the true suffering of murder victims' families first hand, and there is nothing more gut wrenching.

Testimony concludes in 'American Sniper' trial

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 7:22pm

"American Sniper" author Chris Kyle had no time to react when an ex-Marine opened fire on him at a shooting range two years ago, a forensics expert testified Tuesday. "He absolutely never saw this coming," Howard J. Ryan, a law enforcement veteran from New Jersey, said at the trial of Eddie Ray Routh.

Catholic nuns work to spare life of man who killed Dru Sjodin

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 4:22pm

A small group of Catholic nuns dedicated to eliminating the death penalty is working to spare the life of a man convicted of kidnapping and killing a University of North Dakota student. The Congregation of St. Joseph is an order of about a dozen nuns in Crookston, Minnesota, which is the hometown of Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. Rodriguez is on death row at a federal prison for the 2003 killing of Dru Sjodin of Pequot Lakes, Minnesota.

Death penalty 'moratorium' won't pass muster of court

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 3:17pm

Gov. Tom Wolf did not impose a "moratorium" on Pennsylvania's death penalty. He has no such authority, and he knows that.

Prosecutor to seek death penalty for triple murder

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 11:00am

The 12th Judicial Circuit State Attorney will pursue the death penalty against Andres "Andy" Avalos for the Dec. 4, 2014, triple homicide in Bradenton. In a Feb. 18 letter to Avalos' attorney, Assistant State Attorney Art Brown advised that "the state shall be seeking the imposition of the death penalty."

Saudi court gives death penalty to man who renounced his Muslim faith

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 6:52am

An Islamic court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced a man to death for renouncing his Muslim faith, the English-language daily Saudi Gazette reported on Tuesday. RIYADH: An Islamic court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced a man to death for renouncing his Muslim faith, the English-language daily Saudi Gazette reported on Tuesday.

Oz Drug Smugglers Lose Latest Death Row Appeal

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 4:51am

Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan were found guilty in 2005 of being the ringleaders of the so-called "Bali Nine" drug smuggling gang. Australia has been pursuing a campaign to save the men - but the Indonesian president has refused to grant them clemency.

I-Team: Delays normal in death penalty cases

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 12:37am

Two years have passed since a shooting on the Las Vegas Strip led to a fiery crash and the deaths of three people. The man accused of those murders, Ammar Harris, still has not been brought to trial.

Arias won't address jury as sentencing retrial nears end

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 8:22pm

Convicted murderer Jodi Arias declined Monday to address a jury considering whether to sentence her to life in prison or death in the killing of her former boyfriend. Arias said she wanted to make comments to jurors but insisted the courtroom be cleared.

Bad news for Ronald Smith? Montana bill to abolish death penalty fails

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 8:22pm

A bill to abolish Montana's death penalty was scuttled by a tie vote Monday in the lower house of the state legislature. The proposed law could have affected the fate of Canadian Ronald Smith, 57, one of two individuals on death row in Montana.