Death Penalty

OLYMPIA, Wash. | Washington state ends ‘racially biased’ death penalty

OLYMPIA, Wash.— Washington’s Supreme Court unanimously struck down the state’s death penalty Thursday as arbitrary and racially biased, making it the 20th state to do away with capital punishment. Execution was already extremely rare in Washington, with five prisoners put to death in recent decades and a governor-imposed moratorium blocking its use since 2014. But … Continue reading OLYMPIA, Wash. | Washington state ends ‘racially biased’ death penalty

NEW YORK | Prosecutors want death penalty for bike path attacker

NEW YORK — A man charged with using a truck to kill eight people last year on a New York City bike path will face the death penalty at a trial next year, federal prosecutors said Friday in a case where President Donald Trump has tweeted that the defendant deserves to be executed. The government … Continue reading NEW YORK | Prosecutors want death penalty for bike path attacker

DENVER | Colorado man charged with murder says wife killed daughters

DENVER — A Colorado man told police that he killed his pregnant wife in “a rage” when he discovered she had strangled their two daughters after he sought a separation, according to an arrest affidavit released on Monday. Colorado prosecutors, though, filed formal charges earlier in the day, accusing the former oil and gas worker … Continue reading DENVER | Colorado man charged with murder says wife killed daughters

LINCOLN, Neb | Nebraska set for execution after about-face on death penalty

LINCOLN, Neb — Three years after Nebraska lawmakers voted to abolish capital punishment, the state is preparing to carry out its first execution since 1997 on Tuesday in a bewildering about-face driven largely by the state’s Republican governor. Gov. Pete Ricketts, a wealthy former businessman, helped finance a ballot drive to reinstate capital punishment after … Continue reading LINCOLN, Neb | Nebraska set for execution after about-face on death penalty

NASHVILLE, Tenn. | Tennessee set to kill 1st inmate in nearly a decade

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee is set to execute a man for the 1985 rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl, in what would be the first time the state has applied the death penalty since 2009. Fifty-nine-year-old inmate Billy Ray Irick is scheduled to receive a three-drug injection Thursday evening. He was convicted in the … Continue reading NASHVILLE, Tenn. | Tennessee set to kill 1st inmate in nearly a decade

Georgia News: Robert Earl Butts Executed This Evening for Murder

ATLANTA, GA – The lawfully ordered execution of Robert Earl Butts for the 1996 murder of Donovan Corey Parks was carried out this evening at 9:58 p.m. at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Center in Jackson, Georgia.  The sentence was carried out after the United States Supreme Court denied Butts’ request for a stay of … Continue reading Georgia News: Robert Earl Butts Executed This Evening for Murder

Death penalty recommended for man who killed deputies

SACRAMENTO, Calif./March 27, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —Jurors recommend the death penalty Tuesday for a man who repeatedly entered the United States illegally before killing two Northern California deputies in a case that fueled the national immigration debate. Luis Bracamontes, who is a Mexican citizen, was found guilty of murder in the 2014 shootings of Sacramento County … Continue reading Death penalty recommended for man who killed deputies

The Latest: Seized protesters in Iran can face death penalty

TEHRAN, Iran/January 2, 2018   (AP)(STL.News) —The latest on protests in Iran (all times local): 12:15 p.m. The head of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court has reportedly warned that arrested protesters could potentially face death penalty cases when they come to trial. Iran’s semi-official Tasnim news agency quoted Mousa Ghazanfarabadi on Tuesday as saying: “Obviously one of their charges can … Continue reading The Latest: Seized protesters in Iran can face death penalty