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Man Gets Life Sentence In Slaying Of Elderly Ohio Couple

2 hours 46 min ago

An Ohio man avoided the death penalty on Friday when he pleaded guilty to aggravated murder charges and was sentenced to life in prison without parole for robbing and killing an elderly couple then burning their bodies.

Nebraska Bishops Reaffirm Opposition to Death Penalty

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 10:27am

The Catholic bishops of Nebraska are weighing-in on the running debate over use of the death penalty in the state. On Wednesday a group trying to reinstate the death penalty announced their push continues.

India is one of 59 countries where the death penalty is still awarded ...

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 6:14am

In what will be a reversal of its earlier stand, the Law Commission of India is set to recommend abolition of death penalty in the country. A 272-page draft report of the Law Commission, circulated among members, favours speedy abolition of the death penalty from the statute books, except in cases where the accused is convicted of involvement in a terror case.

Reader: All Murderers Should Get the Death Penalty No Matter Their Skin Color

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 1:59am

The City of Denver recently argued that an order banning protests outside the courthouse where Dexter Lewis's death penalty trial is underway should be upheld because there might be civil unrest if Lewis is sentenced to die when Aurora theater shooter James Holmes wasn't . Our post about a judge's rejection of the order - one that's already prompted a contempt of court motion - led to much conversation about capital punishment and whether the sentence is equitably imposed.

Jury wants life sentence for man who killed 5 in Denver bar

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 9:46pm

A man convicted of stabbing five people to death at a Denver bar and setting the business on fire will not be executed and instead will serve a lifelong prison sentence, a jury decided Thursday. It was the second time in a month that a Colorado jury has decided against execution for a mass killer.

Prosecutor seeking death penalty against man accused of 4 slayings

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 7:41pm

A Columbus police officer removes crime tape on June 14, 2015, from the scene of a quadruple homicide early June 13 on Hudson Street in South Linden. Allegations that Robert L. Adams Jr. killed four people in the basement of a South Linden house prompted a Franklin County grand jury to return a death-penalty indictment against him today.

Midday open thread: Petitioners hope to reverse NE death penalty repeal; D'Souza out-viles himself

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 3:29pm

And the communities defined by those districts have swollen since the Great Recession. In 2006, there were 15.9 million students living within school districts where the overall child poverty rate was 20 percent or higher.

Panhandle Man Gets Death Penalty for Killing Couple During Robbery

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 11:53am

A Walton County judge sentenced Barry Davis Jr. on Tuesday. He was convicted in May of first-degree murder and other charges.

10 things to know for August 27

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 7:25am

Unlike so many crimes, which have to be pieced together in reverse, this one plays out in real time on Twitter and Facebook.

BERNSTEIN: Don't give Jesse Matthew the death penalty

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 5:20am

Jesse Matthew's jury trial for murder charges against second-year College student Hannah Graham has been set for July 5, 2016 - just under a full year from now. For some, his trial, should he be found guilty, may serve as a form of closure: the removal of a serial offender from our streets, while it cannot bring Hannah back, will protect other potential victims.

Argentine mom hopes pope will help get son off death row

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 1:15am

When Lidia Guerrero met with Pope Francis in Rome last year, the Argentine native told her he knew all about Guerrero's son, who has been on death row in Texas for 19 years. "I've prayed so much for that young man from Cordoba," she says Francis told her, referring to the hometown of Victor Hugo Saldano.

Tennessee Court Upholds Lethal Injection Procedures

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 10:07pm

A county judge has upheld Tennessee's method of execution by lethal injection. The ruling is the latest in the state's years-old death penalty fight.

Nebraska pro-death penalty group submitting signatures early

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 5:53pm

Organizers of an effort to reinstate Nebraska's death penalty are confident that they have collected enough signatures to place the issue on the 2016 ballot, a spokesman for the group said Wednesday. Nebraskans for the Death Penalty is expected to submit signatures to the secretary of state's office on Wednesday, one day before the deadline to challenge the repeal law that lawmakers approved in May. The group needs roughly 57,000 valid voter signatures to place the issue on the statewide general election ballot, and double that number to halt the death penalty repeal before the new law goes into effect on Sunday.

Theater attack judge defends trial before sentencing

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 1:29pm

Victims and their families were given the opportunity to speak about the shooting and its effects on their lives. The formal sen... .

Letter: It is time for repeal of death penalty

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 12:27pm

James Latham and Ronnie York were army deserters barely out of their teens when they went on a cross-country killing spree. One of their seven murder victims was killed in Kansas.

Kevin Daigle makes first court appearance following arrest in connection with trooper's death

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 8:25am

Kevin Daigle acknowledged to Judge Ron Ware Tuesday morning that he is likely facing the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder of a police officer. Daigle, 54, accused of killing Louisiana State Trooper Steven Vincent, 44, was making his first court appearance since his arrest Sunday.

Ohio mom accused of killing sons could face death penalty

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 4:17am

A woman accused of killing her three young sons over a 13-month period out of jealousy at the attention her husband paid them was indicted Tuesday on aggravated murder charges that carry the possibility of a death sentence.

Investigator says suspect admitted to San Francisco shooting

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 12:11am

A $225 million deal between Gov. Chris Christie's administration and ExxonMobil over dozens of polluted sites and nearly 2,000 retail gas stations was approved by a New Jersey judge on Tuesday.

Judge orders temporary halt to Mississippi executions

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 8:01pm

A federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked the state of Mississippi from using two drugs in executions, shutting down the death penalty in the state for now. U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate issued a temporary restraining order saying Mississippi officials cannot use pentobarbital or midazolam, two drugs used to render prisoners unconscious.

Ohio mom accused of killing 3 sons could face death penalty

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 5:55pm

An Ohio woman accused of killing her three sons over a 13-month period out of jealousy at the attention her husband paid them has been indicted on aggravated murder charges and could face the death penalty. A woman accused of killing her three young sons over a 13-month period out of jealousy at the attention her husband paid them was indicted Tuesday on aggravated murder charges that carry the possibility of a death sentence.