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Appeals Court Blocks Muslim Man’s Execution Over Imam Issue

February 7, 2019 |

Alabama may be violating the religious rights of a Muslim inmate set for execution by refusing to allow an imam at his death, a federal court said Wednesday in blocking the lethal injection. The 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals granted an indefinite stay for Dominique Ray, 42, a day…
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Inmate Found Hanged in Cell After Execution Called Off

January 7, 2019 |

A twice-convicted murderer who had repeatedly said he wanted to die by lethal injection was found dead in his death-row prison cell from an apparent hanging, officials said Saturday. Scott Raymond Dozier, 48, was found unresponsive in his solo death-row cell at the state’s maximum-security prison in Ely, Department of…
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Last Words Before Execution: ‘Beats Being on Death Row’

December 7, 2018 |

Tennessee executed its longest-serving death row inmate Thursday night—and after 36 years as a condemned man, David Earl Miller was apparently ready to die. The Tennessean reports that the 61-year-old last words after he was strapped in the electric chair were initially inaudible. After the warden asked him to…
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South Dakota to carry out first execution since 2012

October 29, 2018 |

A man who killed a South Dakota prison guard in a failed escape seven years ago is scheduled to be executed Monday after dropping his death penalty appeal.
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Inmate Makes His Choice Ahead of Execution

October 9, 2018 |

A Tennessee inmate set to be executed this week is asking the state to allow him to die by electric chair over lethal injection because it’s the “lesser of two evils.” Attorney Kelley Henry confirmed that Edmund Zagorski made the request roughly two hours before the Tennessee Supreme Court ruled…
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Closing of Curtains During Execution Raises Questions

August 22, 2018 |

The Aug. 14 execution of Carey Dean Moore in Nebraska garnered national attention because authorities used a heretofore untested cocktail of four drugs to end the life of the convicted killer. But now, another aspect of the execution is attracting attention: the fact that authorities at Nebraska State Penitentiary closed…
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Japan Carries Out 2nd Mass Execution This Month

July 26, 2018 |

Thursday was the final day of reckoning for members a doomsday cult that killed dozens of people in Japan in the 1990s. Six members of the Aum Shinrikyo cult were hanged, weeks after the mass execution of cult leader Shoko Asahara and another six of his followers , the BBC reports….
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Judge Halts Nevada’s Controversial Execution Plan

July 11, 2018 |

A Nevada judge effectively put the execution of a two-time killer on hold Wednesday after a pharmaceutical company objected to the use of one of its drugs to put someone to death, the AP reports. Clark County District Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez disallowed the use of the drug in a ruling…
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Lawyers: Boys Don’t Cry Killer Is Ineligible for Execution

April 5, 2018 |

Attorneys for a Nebraska death row inmate whose case inspired the 1999 movie Boys Don’t Cry say he should be ruled ineligible for execution because he has the intellect of a young child. John Lotter was sentenced to death for his role in the 1993 killings of Brandon Teena, a…
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Man Who Walked Out of Execution Chamber Alive Won’t Return to It

March 27, 2018 |

Last month, Doyle Lee Hamm walked out of an Alabama execution chamber alive. On Tuesday, the inmate’s legal team said a private settlement had been reached to ensure the state won’t try to execute Hamm again. Hamm, sentenced to death for killing a motel clerk during a 1987 robbery, was…
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