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Oklahoma governor signs bill allowing nitrogen in executions

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 8:14pm

Oklahoma became the first U.S. state to approve nitrogen gas for executions under a measure Gov. Mary Fallin signed into law Friday that provides an alternative death penalty method if lethal injections aren't possible, either because of a court ruling or a drug shortage. Executions are on hold in Oklahoma while the U.S. Supreme Court considers whether the state's current three-drug method of lethal injection is constitutional.

Death penalty question could delay Luis Toldedo murder trial

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 4:08pm

The trial of a man accused of killing his wife and her two children could be delayed. Luis Toledo, 33, was expected to go to trial later this summer, but a death penalty issue before the Florida Supreme Court could push the trial back.

Suspect claims to be neo-Nazi, killed man because he was gay

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 12:03pm

The man charged with killing a print shop employee at a North Carolina community college says he's a neo-Nazi who hates gay people. Kenneth Morgan Stancil III told Raleigh's WRAL-TV he killed Ron Lane earlier this week because Lane had made sexual advances to Stancil's 16-year-old brother.

Nebraska might repeal death penalty due to drug shortage

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 7:52am

Nebraska is considering repealing the death penalty amid a shortage of lethal injection drugs, with legislation to eliminate capital punishment clearing a major hurdle Thursday. Lawmakers voted 30-13 to advance the bill that would replace capital punishment with life imprisonment in first-degree murder cases.

Saudi Arabia executes second Indonesian maid

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 3:43am

Saudi Arabia has executed a second Indonesian maid despite protests from Jakarta, which is itself facing fierce criticism for its failure to heed calls for clemency for a number of foreigners on death row. The Indonesian government summoned the Saudi ambassador to the foreign ministry on Thursday after learning that 37-year-old Karni Bt.

Alabama death row inmate to go free; 2nd released in 2 weeks

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 1:39am

" A death row inmate reached a plea deal Thursday that makes him the second prisoner to escape the death penalty in Alabama in less than two weeks. William Ziegler, 39, agreed to plead guilty to aiding and abetting in the slaying of Russell Allen Baker, and a Mobile County judge gave him credit for the more than 15 years he already has served in prison, reported .

Jakarta faces new death penalty outrage

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 9:23pm

Indonesian officials are defending their position on the death penalty as they try to quell anger over the execution of an Indonesian woman in Saudi Arabia. It comes as Jakarta readies to execute 10 people, including Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, whose Bali Nine smuggling plot was foiled 10 years ago on Friday.

Nebraska may repeal death penalty amid drug shortage

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 5:50pm

Lawmakers advanced the bill 30-13. If that support holds, death penalty opponents would have enough votes to override Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts' promised veto.

Prosecutor: Death penalty doesn't apply in police shooting

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 9:45am

A prosecutor says it doesn't look like the death penalty can be sought in the case of a black South Carolina man who was fatally shot as he ran from a white police officer. Former North Charleston officer Michael Slager is charged with murder in the death of Walter Scott.

Atlanta schools cheating case judge keeps word on sentences

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 3:35am

All but one... . Former Atlanta public school SRT Director Tamara Cotman listens during sentencing on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 in Atlanta.

Colorado theater shooting jurors include Columbine survivor

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 6:39pm

A union plumber, a schoolteacher and a survivor of the 1999 Columbine High School massacre were among the 19 women and five men chosen as jurors in the death penalty trial of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes.

'Entopreneurs' feed growing appetite for edible insects

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 10:47am

A growing number of "entopreneurs" are trying to persuade consumers that insects are the next super food,... . Meal worms are sorted before being cooked Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, in San Francisco.

Jury seated in Colorado theater shooting trial

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 4:53am

Jury selection in the Colorado theater shooting case enters its final stage Monday, Apri... . People enter and leave the Arapahoe County District Court in Centennial, Colo., Monday April 13, 2015.

Missouri executes inmate for 1998 killing over child support

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 4:53am

Cole, 52, is scheduled to die for killing a man in 1998 in a fit of anger over having to pay child support. Guam on Wednesday became the first U.S. territory to allow gay marriage after its attorney general directed officials to immediately begin processing same-sex-marriage applications.

Man set to be executed for killing San Antonio officer

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 8:53pm

Manuel Garza Jr. already had a lengthy criminal record and was wanted on outstanding warrants when a police officer working on a special team targeting property crimes stopped him at a San Antonio apartment complex in 2001. "I knew he'd find out about the warrants and I didn't want to go to jail, so I just ran," Garza, who was 20 at the time, would say later.

In Iowa, Clinton lays out tenets of 2016 campaign

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 8:53pm

The former secretary of state, senator and first lady enters the race in a... Investigators say Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich had talked for years of taking his own life but left behind no suicide note when he fatally shot himself several weeks ago. Former Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich had talked for years of taking his life - and had become increasingly agitated over politics - but left no suicide note when he fatally shot himself, investigators said Tuesday.

United States temporarily suspends death penalty

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 1:46pm

Washington, April 14: The Supreme Court of the southern US state of Tennessee has temporarily suspended executions pending its ruling on the constitutionality of carrying out the death sentence by a different lethal injection and the electric chair. In a ruling on Friday, the judges suspended three executions scheduled for later this year and another for March 2016.

10 States with Highest Murder Rates Despite Death Penalty

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 9:34am

If you are wondering which are the states with highest murder rates despite death penalty , that can mean only one thing - you are also wondering if the death penalty serves its purpose. So, what is the purpose of execution, if there is any except for punishing the criminal? As everyone understands it - the main goal of the death penalty is not only in retribution, but also to deter further crimes, especially murders.

Jury nearly seated in Colorado theater shooting trial

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 5:00am

After nearly three months of jury selection - and almost three years after the mass shooting - a jury could be seated today for the death penalty trial of the man charged with killing 12 people and injuring 70 others in a packed suburban Denver movie theater.

Accused arsonists could face death penalty

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 11:53pm

Two men charged with deadly fires in New Hanover County will be back in court this week. At a capital punishment hearing set for Wednesday afternoon they'll learn whether or not they will face the death penalty.