Latest Death Penalty News

  • Colorado death penalty debated as 2 mass killers get life Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    DENVER (AP) — A Denver jury's refusal to give the death penalty to a man who stabbed five people to death in a bar, coming on the heels of theater shooter James Holmes' life sentence, has many wondering whether the ultimate penalty will ever again be applied in Colorado. More »

  • Podcast: Another Dead Man Walking - Part Two
    Podcast: Another Dead Man Walking - Part Two Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Nearly two hundred thousand people have now signed a petition calling for a stay of execution for Richard Glossip. More »

  • Will Nebraska ditch the death penalty? Voters may decide Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    A group fighting to keep the death penalty in Nebraska is looking to give voters final word on the state’s capital punishment law. Nebraskans for the Death Penalty, endorsed by Governor Pete Ricketts and a number of state and local legislators and officials, said Wednesday that its members had collected 166,692 signatures that, if verified, would be more than enough to suspend the law’s repeal until the issue goes before voters in November 2016. Nebraska’s state legislature voted by a narrow margin to abolish the death penalty in May. More »

  • Fired reporter kills 2 former co-workers on live TV
    Fired reporter kills 2 former co-workers on live TV Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    MONETA, Va. (AP) — He planned it all so carefully — a choreographed execution of two former colleagues, broadcast live to a horrified television audience. Hours later, he shared his own recording of the killing worldwide on social media. More »

  • Fate of Nebraska's death penalty likely to rest with voters
    Fate of Nebraska's death penalty likely to rest with voters Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's death penalty won a last-minute reprieve on Wednesday when a group fighting to keep the punishment announced that it has collected more than enough signatures to stop its repeal and place the issue before voters in 2016. More »

  • Syngenta says board unanimously rejected Monsanto offer Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Swiss agrichemicals group Syngenta AG said its board unanimously rejected a revised offer from suitor Monsanto Co. , which then dropped its takeover approach. The offer, which Syngenta said was worth 433 Swiss francs per share as of the market close on Aug. 25, "significantly undervalued the company and was fraught with execution risk," it said in a statement on Wednesday. Recent market volatility had highlighted the "significant risk" for Syngenta shareholders from the structure of the proposal, which it said had not addressed key issues in sufficient detail, the statement added. More »

  • Prosecutors may seek death penalty in roadside shooting Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Federal prosecutors may seek the death penalty for an 18-year-old man charged in the deaths of a husband and wife who authorities say stopped to offer him help on the side of the road on Montana's Crow Indian Reservation. More »

  • Judge temporarily halts lethal injections in Mississippi in case hinging on … Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Judge temporarily halts lethal injections in Mississippi in case hinging on execution drugs. More »

  • Ohio mom accused of killing 3 sons could face death penalty Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — 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. More »

  • Texas appeals court suspends execution of Nicaraguan
    Texas appeals court suspends execution of Nicaraguan Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    A Texas court on Tuesday stayed the execution of a Nicaraguan convicted of murder, whose death had been scheduled for Wednesday over the objections of his own government. More »

  • Ohio mom accused of killing 3 young sons is indicted on charges that carry the … Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) — Ohio mom accused of killing 3 young sons is indicted on charges that carry the death penalty. More »

  • Nicaraguan man set to be executed in Texas gets reprieve
    Nicaraguan man set to be executed in Texas gets reprieve Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Texas' top criminal court on Tuesday stopped the scheduled execution of a Nicaraguan man convicted of killing a Houston high school teacher during a robbery more than 18 years ago. More »

  • UN rights arm denounces executions in Iraq's Kurdish region Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    GENEVA (AP) — U.N. rights officials are denouncing the execution of a man and his two wives in Iraq's Kurdish region over the kidnapping and murder of two girls, saying they fear the self-ruled region may slide back toward use of the death penalty. More »

  • Saudi Arabia averages one execution every two days as foreign nationals suffer …
    Saudi Arabia averages one execution every two days as foreign nationals suffer … Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Saudi Arabia has averaged one execution every two days, mostly by beheading, according to a report published by Amnesty International on 25 August. At least 175 people have been executed in the space of a year while 2,200 people – almost half of whom were foreign nationals – have been killed by the Kingdom between January 1985 and June 2015. The report states that: "Saudi Arabia also continues to sentence to death and execute individuals for crimes committed when they were below 18 years of age," and also uses the death penalty against those with mental disabilities. More »

  • UN condemns first executions in Kurdish region in 7 years
    UN condemns first executions in Kurdish region in 7 years Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    The UN on Tuesday condemned the execution by the government of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region of three people convicted of murder and kidnapping, in the first use of the death penalty in the region in seven years. More »

  • Pakistan suspends execution ordered by military court after legal challenge Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    By Jibran Ahmed PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - The execution of a civilian sentenced to death on terrorism charges by a military court in Pakistan was suspended on Tuesday, in a first challenge after the Supreme Court's approval of such hearings. Peshawar High Court halted the sentence, demanding to know from military and government officials more details on the basis on which Haider Ali was arrested as a 14-year-old in 2009 and later convicted, his lawyer, Malik Muhammad Ajmal, said. The military says Ali is a "hard core terrorist", and that he was convicted of involvement in suicide bombings and acts of terrorism, according to a statement released when he was convicted in April. More »

  • Why 'Juror 83' has changed his mind on death penalty for Tsarnaev Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Kevan Fagan, 'Juror 83' in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, says he probably would not have voted for the death penalty had he been aware that the families of some victims wanted a life sentence. On Monday, the same day a federal judge ruled to keep the names of all jurors in the trial sealed, Mr. Fagan sat down for an interview with WBUR-FM. Fagan is the first juror to speak publicly using his name, and to be photographed, according to the station. More »

  • Saudi Arabia executes one person every two days, says Amnesty
    Saudi Arabia executes one person every two days, says Amnesty Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Amnesty International has criticised Saudi Arabia for excessive use of the death penalty, with 175 judicial killings carried out in the last 12 months. The report claims that in the first six months of 2015, 102 judicial killings have been carried out, compared with 90 in all of 2015, an average of one execution every two days. It alleged that many people are being executed for offences which do not deserve the death penalty, with the sentence applied for offences including adultery, apostasy, and witchcraft, as well as drugs offences and murder under the kingdom's strict interpretation of Sharia law. More »

  • Boston Marathon trial juror addresses death penalty decision Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) — A juror in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev says he probably would not have voted for the death penalty had he known that the families of some victims preferred a life sentence. More »

  • Amnesty report finds Saudi Arabia executed 175 in past year Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia has executed at least 175 people over the past 12 months, on average one person every two days, according to a report released Tuesday by Amnesty International. More »

  • IS mutilated body of famed Syrian archeologist: family
    IS mutilated body of famed Syrian archeologist: family Sun, Aug 23, 2015

    Islamic State group jihadists mutilated the body of a famed Syrian archaeologist after killing him execution-style in the ancient city of Palmyra last week, his family said Sunday. More »

  • Malala Yousafzai under 24-hour guard after 'death threats'
    Malala Yousafzai under 24-hour guard after 'death threats' Sat, Aug 22, 2015

    Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has been given two 24-hour armed guards after a threat to her life. Scotland Yard said it would not comment on matters of security or close protection. The reports come just four months after Pakistani officials confirmed in April that ten suspects who were all part of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan were found guilty of contributing to the 'planning and execution' of the assassination attempt against Malala. More »

  • Khmer Rouge 'first lady' dies after avoiding trial for genocide and …
    Khmer Rouge 'first lady' dies after avoiding trial for genocide and … Sat, Aug 22, 2015

    The former "first lady" of Cambodia's genocidal Khmer Rouge regime died onSaturday, 22 August, without her victims being able to see her face trial. Ieng Thirith, 83, a French-educated revolutionary, was one of the few women in the senior leadership of the movement behind the horrors of the "Killing Fields" era. Led by "Brother Number One" Pol Pot (who died in 1998), from 1975-1979 the regime murdered between one to three million Cambodians by starvation, overwork and execution, from a total population of just over eight million. More »

  • Islamic State claims Cairo courthouse bomb which wounded 30
    Islamic State claims Cairo courthouse bomb which wounded 30 Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    By Ahmed Mohamed Hassan CAIRO (Reuters) - Islamic State's Egypt affiliate said it was behind a car bombing that wounded 30 people, including 8 policemen, near a state security building and courthouse in a Cairo suburb on Thursday. A statement circulated on Twitter by supporters of the group, Sinai Province, said the bomb was a reprisal for the execution of six of its members convicted of carrying out an attack north of the Egyptian capital last year. In May, Egypt executed six members of Sinai Province for attacking soldiers near Cairo in 2014. More »

  • Cairo bombing: Islamic State affiliate claims responsibility Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    An Egyptian militant group affiliated with the self-declared Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a car bomb that exploded outside a government security building in Cairo Thursday. The group, Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, also known as Sinai Province of IS, claimed responsibility in a series of tweets, saying that the attack was made in response to the execution of six of its members last month by the Egyptian government, which had convicted the men of killing Army officers. More »

  • ISIS Claims Cairo Courthouse Bombing Which Wounded 29
    ISIS Claims Cairo Courthouse Bombing Which Wounded 29 Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    Islamic State's Egypt affiliate said it was behind a car bombing that wounded 29 people near a state security building and courthouse in a Cairo suburb early on Thursday. A statement circulated on Twitter by supporters of the group, Sinai Province, said the bomb was a reprisal for the execution of six of its members convicted of carrying out an attack north of the Egyptian capital last year. In May, Egypt executed six members of Sinai Province for attacking soldiers near Cairo in 2014. More »

  • Spanish parliament gives green light to Greek bailout Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    Spanish lawmakers voted in favour of a third bailout package for Greece on Tuesday, with the centre-right government voicing misgivings about Greece's commitment to reforms but using its majority in parliament to approve the rescue. "There are serious risks, such as execution risks, given the Greek political situation," Economy Minister Luis de Guindos told parliament in a special session on the deal Greece reached with its creditors, seen as helping it stay in the euro zone. In a dig at anti-austerity parties such as Podemos that have gained traction in Spain in the past year, De Guindos took aim at the type of "populist siren songs" which he said had pushed Greece to the edge, under the helm of the leftist Syriza party. More »

  • Illinois man to be executed in Oklahoma scrutinizes evidence Sun, Aug 16, 2015

    GALESBURG, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois man scheduled to be executed next month in Oklahoma for his role in a 1997 killing is raising questions about his case, telling a newspaper in his hometown that Oklahoma is going to "kill an innocent man." More »

  • Venezuela arrests eight police officers after video of shooting Sat, Aug 15, 2015

    Eight Venezuelan police officers have been arrested for the alleged murder of four men, the state prosecutors' office said, shortly after a video began circulating on social networks that appeared to show an execution. The video shows a young man being held by men in uniform and then falling to the ground after a gunshot is heard. Violent crime is one of the top citizen concerns in Venezuela, which has the world's second-worst homicide rate after Honduras, according to the United Nations. More »

  • DA: Theater shooter's life sentence came down to 1 juror
    DA: Theater shooter's life sentence came down to 1 juror Sat, Aug 15, 2015

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — A jury's refusal to sentence Colorado theater shooter James Holmes to die for one of the worst massacres in U.S. history doesn't mean the public is growing wary of capital punishment, because only a single juror blocked his execution, the lead prosecutor said Friday. More »

  • Death penalty ruling may pave way for national abolitionists
    Death penalty ruling may pave way for national abolitionists Fri, Aug 14, 2015

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A sweeping decision this week by the Connecticut Supreme Court that found the death penalty no longer meets society's evolving standards of decency could be influential across a nation that is increasingly questioning the practice, legal experts said. More »

  • Arkansas could resume executions soon after buying drugs
    Arkansas could resume executions soon after buying drugs Fri, Aug 14, 2015

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Department of Correction has bought the drugs needed to resume lethal injections, and Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Thursday he expects to be asked soon to schedule the state's first execution in 10 years. More »

  • Connecticut's highest court abolishes state's death row
    Connecticut's highest court abolishes state's death row Fri, Aug 14, 2015

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's highest court on Thursday ordered the state's death row emptied out, ruling that a 2012 law abolishing capital punishment for any future crimes must be applied to the 11 men facing execution for offenses committed before it took effect. More »

  • Connecticut high court spares lives of 11 death-row inmates Thu, Aug 13, 2015

    Three years after Connecticut abolished capital punishment, the state's Supreme Court overturned the death sentences for all 11 inmates remaining on death row. As the Associated Press reported, the 4-3 ruling was the result of an appeal from death-row inmate Eduardo Santiago, whose attorneys had argued that any execution carried out after repeal would constitute cruel and unusual punishment. “Upon careful consideration of the defendant’s claims in light of the governing constitutional principles and Connecticut’s unique historical and legal landscape, we are persuaded that, following its prospective abolition, this state’s death penalty no longer comports with contemporary standards of decency and no longer serves any legitimate penological purpose. More »

  • A list of Connecticut's death row inmates Thu, Aug 13, 2015

    Connecticut's high court on Thursday ruled that the death penalty, which already had been abolished for future crimes, could not be applied to inmates already on death row. Here's a look at the 11 convicted killers who had been facing execution orders in the state: More »