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State to seek death penalty of sex predator charged in fatal...

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 11:25am

Prosecutors will seek the death penalty for Donald Hugh Davidson in the Dec. 1 stabbing death of a woman at her Middleburg home and abduction and assault of a child, according to the State Attorney's Office. The Clay County grand jury indicted the 34-year-old registered sexual predator Wednesday morning on charges of first-degree murder, four counts of sexual battery of a child younger than 12, lewd or lascivious molestation, kidnapping and grand theft auto, according to the Clay County Sheriff's Office.

Nigerian soldiers given death penalty for mutiny

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 7:17am

A Nigerian court martial has sentenced 54 soldiers to death for refusing to fight Boko Haram Islamist militants. The soldiers, who were found guilty of mutiny, were accused of refusing to help recapture three towns that had been seized by Boko Haram in August.

President rejects mercy appeal of 17 death penalty convicts : December 18, 2014,

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 6:17am

Out of those 17 convicted for terrorism, 10 belong to Punjab, six from Sindh and one from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The execution is expected to be carried soon.

Executions, new death sentences continue to fall

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 1:58am

Executions and new death sentences dropped to their lowest numbers in decades in 2014, an anti-death penalty group said in a new report. The Death Penalty Information Center, a nonprofit organization that opposes executions and tracks the issue, said 35 inmates were executed this year and 71 have so far been given death sentences.

Doctor says Oklahoma inmate suffered in execution

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 9:46pm

A doctor who examined the body of an Oklahoma inmate who died during a botched execution told a federal judge Wednesday that he is convinced the man suffered after being declared unconscious. Dr. Joseph Cohen, a pathologist hired by the inmate's lawyer, said that recently released witness statements corroborate his belief that Clayton Lockett was conscious when given drugs to stop his heart and breathing.

DA won't seek death penalty in slaying of UNC prof

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 8:46pm

Orange-Chatham District Attorney Jim Woodall said Wednesday he will not seek the death penalty against two men accused of murdering a UNC Chapel Hill professor. Woodall announced the decision in Orange County court.

US backs off death penalty in Iowa slayings

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 6:41pm

Federal prosecutors are giving up their long pursuit of the death penalty against a woman convicted of helping kill five people in Iowa in 1993. The government said in a court filing Wednesday that it will no longer seek to executeAngela Johnson in the drug-related killings.

US backs off death penalty in Iowa slayings

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 6:41pm

Federal prosecutors are giving up their long pursuit of the death penalty against a woman convicted of helping kill five people in Iowa in 1993. Federal prosecutors are giving up their long pursuit of the death penalty against a woman convicted of helping kill five people in Iowa in 1993.

Matthew T. Mangino: The future of the death penalty in question?

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 4:32pm

This has been an inauspicious year for state-sponsored death. For the first time in recent history, a state other than Texas executed more men than any other state.

Man admits to killing 3 in Midvale, avoids death penalty

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 3:32pm

A man who shot four people in a Midvale home in 2013, killing three of them, took a plea deal on Wednesday. Fresques, who goes by the street name "Twisted," pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated murder and one count of attempted aggravated murder.

Ohio House to consider lethal injection drug bill

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 1:32pm

This undated photo provided by the Ohio House of Representatives shows Rep. Jim Buchy. he Ohio House is expected to consider a bill that would shield the names of companies that provide the state with lethal injection drugs.

Death penalty issued to 458 prisoners in Sindh jails

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 12:27pm

Supreme Court of Pakistan, Sindh High Court and President Mamnoon Hussain have the appeals for death penalty of more than 458 prisoners, currently housed in the jails of Sindh. 458 prisoners have been issued death sentence.

Nawaz lifts moratorium on death penalty after Peshawar attack

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 8:20am

Rescue workers and family members carry the coffin of a student, who killed during an attack by Taliban gunmen on the Army Public School, in Peshawar, December 16, 2014. Photo: Reuters Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today approved the removal of moratorium on death penalty after the carnage in Peshawar killed 141 people.

Anti-Hijacking Bill that allows death penalty introduced in Rajya Sabha

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 8:20am

A bill seeking stringent punishment including death penalty for hijackers and giving right to security forces to shoot down an aircraft, which may be used as a missile, was introduced in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. The Anti-Hijacking Bill 2014 was introduced by Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju after he withdrew a similar bill of 2010 amid din over demand for reply by the prime minister to debate on rising incidents of communal violence.

Peshawar school attack: Pakistan lifts moratorium on death penalty in wake of Taliban attack

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 6:10am

Note: We do not store your email address but your IP address will be logged to prevent abuse of this feature. Please read our Legal Terms & Policies The prime minister of Pakistan has lifted a moratorium on the death penalty in the wake of the massacre by the Taliban at a school in the city of Peshawar in which 142 people were killed.

Pakistan lifts death penalty moratorium after Taliban school attack

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 6:10am

People carry the coffin of a male student who was killed in Tuesday's attack on the Army Public School, which was attacked by Taliban gunmen, during his funeral in Peshawar on Wednesday. The Pakistani prime minister lifted a moratorium on the death penalty on Wednesday, a day after Taliban gunmen attacked a school, killing 132 students and nine teachers, a government spokesman said.

Pakistan to end death penalty moratorium in terror cases: PM's office

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 5:05am

Pakistan is to end its moratorium on the death penalty in terror-related cases, the prime minister's office announced Wednesday, a day after Taliban militants killed 141 people in an attack on a school. The assault on the army-run school in the northwestern city of Peshawar, the deadliest terror attack in Pakistan's history, has triggered widespread revulsion.

Man facing death penalty due in court for 1st time in decade

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 4:05am

A man who was sentenced to death for carjacking and killing two Massachusetts men is expected to appear in court for the first time in more than a decade. Gary Lee Sampson pleaded guilty to killing 19-year-old Jonathan Rizzo and 69-year-old Philip McCloskey during a crime spree in 2001.

CBCP unfazed, no death penalty for drug lords

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 2:05am

This is the response of an official of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines amid mounting calls to reimpose the death penalty against drug lords. Fr. Francis Lucas, executive director of the CBCP Catholic Media Network, said the church cannot be pressured to change its position regarding the death penalty.

Triple murder suspect could face death penalty

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 12:01am

Triple murder suspect could face death penalty A grand jury indicted triple murder suspect Andy Avalos on three counts of first degree murder Tuesday. Check out this story on wtsp.com: http://on.wtsp.com/1DJdXZA Andy Avalos appears in court after being arrested for the murder of three people, including his wife and a Bradenton pastor.