Latest Death Penalty News

  • Parents of marathon victim say take death penalty off table
    Parents of marathon victim say take death penalty off table Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) — The parents of the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombing are urging federal authorities to consider taking the death penalty off the table for the man convicted in the case. More »

  • Image of Asia: Incense in memory of the Khmer Rouge victims
    Image of Asia: Incense in memory of the Khmer Rouge victims Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    In this photo by Heng Sinith, a woman burns incense sticks as she prays in front of a stupa containing hundreds of human skulls and bones of victims of the Khmer Rouge regime, at the Choeung Ek memorial on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Several hundred mourners and Buddhist monks gathered at the former execution ground to remember the day 40 years ago that the country fell to the Khmer Rouge. The regime held power for four years during which an estimated 1.7 million Cambodians died from starvation, slave labor and wholesale murder and bloody purges. After the overthrow of the Khmer Rouge in January 1979, the burial pits of the execution site were excavated and the skulls of the victims were put in a stupa as a reminder of what the country endured. More »

  • Prosecutor: Death penalty doesn't apply in police shooting
    Prosecutor: Death penalty doesn't apply in police shooting Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A prosecutor says it doesn't look as if 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. More »

  • Nebraska may repeal death penalty amid drug shortage Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — 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. More »

  • Expert: Georgia execution drug problem cause by low temp Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) — A pharmaceutical expert says a problem with a lethal injection drug that caused the last-minute postponement of an execution in Georgia was likely caused by shipping and storing the drug at a temperature that was too low. More »

  • South Carolina execution secrecy bill may await court ruling Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina legislators may await a U.S. Supreme Court decision before voting on a bill that prison officials say will help them secure a drug they need for an inmate's execution. More »

  • Ex-NFL Star Aaron Hernandez Guilty Of Murder
    Ex-NFL Star Aaron Hernandez Guilty Of Murder Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez has been found guilty of first-degree murder. The former New England Patriots tight end was accused of the execution-style killing of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd in 2013. Mr Lloyd was found shot six times in an industrial park not far from Hernandez's Massachusetts home in June 2013. Police zeroed in on the football star after investigators found a key to a car that had been rented by Hernandez in Mr Lloyd's pocket. More »

  • Pakistani court blocks execution of those convicted by military courts
    Pakistani court blocks execution of those convicted by military courts Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Pakistan's Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the suspension of death sentences passed by military courts set up this year after a spike in militant violence but which have raised concern about fairness and the extent of military powers. The military said this month its courts had sentenced six "hard core terrorists" to death and a seventh to life imprisonment. "The execution of military courts' death sentences, those which have already been awarded and those which will be awarded, is suspended," Chief Justice Nasir ul Mulk told the Supreme Court in the capital, Islamabad. More »

  • Indonesia protests beheading of domestic worker in Saudi Arabia
    Indonesia protests beheading of domestic worker in Saudi Arabia Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    Jakarta summoned the Saudi Arabian ambassador Wednesday to protest the beheading of an Indonesian domestic worker and complain that her family and consular staff were not given prior notice of the execution. More »

  • Jury seated in death penalty trial of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    DENVER (AP) — Jury seated in death penalty trial of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes. More »

  • Man set to be executed for killing San Antonio officer
    Man set to be executed for killing San Antonio officer Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — 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. More »

  • Jodi Arias Sentenced To Life Without Parole
    Jodi Arias Sentenced To Life Without Parole Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    Convicted boyfriend killer Jodi Arias has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Arias, 34, narrowly escaped a death sentence in March after jurors split 11-1 in favour of execution at her penalty phase retrial. Sentencing then fell to Judge Sherry Stephens who had the option of imprisoning Arias for life or a life term with the possibility of parole in 25 years. Arias was convicted in 2013 of the brutal killing of her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander. More »

  • Tennessee high court postpones all scheduled execution dates Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court postponed execution dates for four inmates, effectively halting all executions while the courts decide whether current protocols for putting people to death are constitutional. More »

  • Advocates for inmate ask Missouri governor to halt execution
    Advocates for inmate ask Missouri governor to halt execution Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Advocates for a black inmate facing execution in Missouri said Monday that he was unfairly sentenced to death when African-Americans were excluded from the jury at his St. Louis County trial. More »

  • Top Asian News at 6:30 p.m. GMT Sun, Apr 12, 2015

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Thousands of Bangladeshis poured onto the streets to applaud the execution of an Islamist party official on charges of crimes against humanity during the country's 1971 independence war, while security forces were on alert Sunday for a possible backlash from his supporters. Mohammad Qamaruzzaman was hanged Saturday night in the central jail in the capital, Dhaka, a senior prison official, Forman Ali, told reporters. He was buried early Sunday under tight security, according to his brother, Kafil Uddin. More »

  • Bangladesh on alert after execution, applauded by many
    Bangladesh on alert after execution, applauded by many Sun, Apr 12, 2015

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Thousands of Bangladeshis poured onto the streets to applaud the execution of an Islamist party official on charges of crimes against humanity during the country's 1971 independence war, while security forces were on alert Sunday for a possible backlash from his supporters. More »

  • Bangladesh hangs Jamaat-e-Islami leader
    Bangladesh hangs Jamaat-e-Islami leader Sun, Apr 12, 2015

    Mohammad Qamaruzzaman's execution is the second since trials began of people accused of committing war crimes in 1971. More »

  • In Massachusetts, a long and tortured death penalty history
    In Massachusetts, a long and tortured death penalty history Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts hasn't executed anyone since 1947, but during most of its history it allowed capital punishment for crimes ranging from murder to witchcraft. More »

  • Spain jihadists suspected of planning kidnaps, execution: judge
    Spain jihadists suspected of planning kidnaps, execution: judge Fri, Apr 10, 2015

    A gang suspected of links to the Islamic State group planned possible kidnappings, an execution and attacks on Jewish shops and public buildings in Spain, an investigating judge said Friday. More »

  • Convicted Boston bomber's death penalty phase to begin on April 21
    Convicted Boston bomber's death penalty phase to begin on April 21 Fri, Apr 10, 2015

    By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - The Boston Marathon bombing trial enters a new phase on April 21 as federal prosecutors begin to mount their case for putting Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death for killing three people and injuring 264 others in the 2013 attack. More »

  • Tsarnaev's lawyer faces perhaps her biggest challenge yet
    Tsarnaev's lawyer faces perhaps her biggest challenge yet Fri, Apr 10, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) — Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's attorney is renowned for keeping her high-profile clients off death row, but Judy Clarke could face her most daunting challenge yet in trying to save the Boston Marathon bomber from execution. More »

  • Texas has executed a man convicted of fatally shooting a Dallas-area police … Fri, Apr 10, 2015

    HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Texas has executed a man convicted of fatally shooting a Dallas-area police officer in 2002. More »

  • Report: Ukraine rebels executed government soldiers
    Report: Ukraine rebels executed government soldiers Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    Amnesty International says alleged killing of prisoners by pro-Russian armed groups may amount to war crimes. More »

  • Australian death row convicts file challenge in Indonesia's highest cou …
    Australian death row convicts file challenge in Indonesia's highest cou … Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    Lawyers for two Australian convicts facing execution for drug trafficking in Indonesia filed a last-ditch legal challenge in the country's highest court on Thursday, in the hope that the president will be forced to reconsider denying them clemency. Days earlier an administrative court threw out a challenge by Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, who face imminent execution by firing squad. More »

  • Key moments in death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bomber
    Key moments in death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bomber Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    Here's a look at some of the most compelling moments in the government's case against Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, convicted Wednesday of all 30 federal counts against him: More »

  • Boston bomber may face death penalty after being found guilty on all 30 cou …
    Boston bomber may face death penalty after being found guilty on all 30 cou … Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    Jurors are considering 30 charges against Tsarnaev stemming from the 2013 attack that killed three people and wounded more than 260. More »

  • Jury reaches verdict in death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar … Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) — Jury reaches verdict in death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. More »

  • US court OKs Larry Flynt's push for Missouri execution info
    US court OKs Larry Flynt's push for Missouri execution info Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    A federal appeals court on Tuesday signed off on allowing porn publisher Larry Flynt to join a lawsuit seeking to force Missouri to disclose more details of its execution methods, reversing a lower court's ... More »

  • Prison Guards 'Staged Gladiator-Style Fight'
    Prison Guards 'Staged Gladiator-Style Fight' Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    Prison guards allegedly created a "gladiator-like scenario" to let two handcuffed inmates fight before a corrections officer shot one dead and wounded the other. The trainee officer at High Desert State Prison fired four shotgun blasts according to the lawsuit filed at a Nevada state court by the family of the dead prisoner, 28-year-old Carlos Manuel Perez Jr. Lawyer Cal Potter, representing the family, claimed the shooting on 12 November was an execution. The lawsuit names two corrections officers and a shooter, said to be a trainee, by their last names only. More »

  • S. Korea prosecutors seek death penalty for Sewol ferry captain
    S. Korea prosecutors seek death penalty for Sewol ferry captain Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    South Korean prosecutors on Tuesday urged an appeals court to hand down the death penalty for the captain of the ferry that sank a year ago, accusing him of intentionally abandoning more than 300 people to their certain deaths. More »

  • Chapel Hill murders suspect to face death penalty
    Chapel Hill murders suspect to face death penalty Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    Judge rules man charged with killing three Muslim university students in US is "death penalty qualified". More »

  • Man charged with killing 3 Muslims can face death penalty
    Man charged with killing 3 Muslims can face death penalty Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — The man charged with killing three Muslim college students will face a death penalty trial after prosecutors told a judge they had strong and incriminating evidence that includes the blood from one of the victims found on the accused shooter's pants. More »

  • Judge rules man accused of killing 3 Muslim college students can face death … Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Judge rules man accused of killing 3 Muslim college students can face death penalty trial. More »

  • Indonesian court rejects death row Australians' appeal
    Indonesian court rejects death row Australians' appeal Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    An Indonesian court Monday dismissed an appeal by two Australian drug smugglers facing imminent execution, and the country's legal chief said the pair have now exhausted all options to avoid the firing squad. More »

  • Bangladesh supreme court rejects Islamist leader's death penalty appeal Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    By Serajul Quadir DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh's Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal to scrap the death sentence on a senior figure in the country's largest Islamist party for genocide and torture during the 1971 war of independence, sparking protests in which one student was killed. Muhammad Kamaruzzaman, 63, an assistant secretary general of the Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami party, had appealed against his sentence on March 5. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina opened an inquiry in 2010 into crimes committed during the war, paving the way for prosecutions by a war crimes tribunal that Islamists have denounced as part of a politically motivated campaign aimed at weakening Jamaat-e-Islami's leadership. More »