Execution

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

Department of State News: Statement Regarding the Execution of Mohammad Salas, Iranian Sufi Dervish

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of State issued the following statement today: We condemn the Iranian government’s execution of Mohammad Salas, a member of the long-persecuted Iranian Gonabadi Sufi Dervish community.  According to reports, Mr. Salas was hanged this morning at Rajai Shahr Prison, the notorious jail recently designated by the Department of Treasury in connection … Continue reading Department of State News: Statement Regarding the Execution of Mohammad Salas, Iranian Sufi Dervish

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

Son: Stay of execution difficult for slain officer’s family

ATMORE, Ala./January 26, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —The son of a slain Alabama police officer said Friday that his father should not be forgotten as the U.S. Supreme Court and media focus on legal wrangling over whether his father’s killer is competent to be executed. Justices on Thursday halted the lethal injection of Alabama inmate Vernon Madison, … Continue reading Son: Stay of execution difficult for slain officer’s family

Death row inmate with dementia gets stay of execution

ATMORE, Ala/January 26, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— The U.S. Supreme Court has halted the execution of an Alabama inmate whose attorneys argue that dementia has left the 67-year-old unable to remember killing a police officer three decades ago. Justices issued a stay Thursday night, the same evening that Vernon Madison was scheduled to receive a lethal injection at … Continue reading Death row inmate with dementia gets stay of execution

Execution delayed for Alabama inmate in ’85 officer killing

MONTGOMERY, Ala. /January 25, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday halted the execution of Alabama inmate Vernon Madison after attorneys argued that dementia had left the 67-year-old unable to remember killing a police officer three decades ago. Justices issued the stay on the same evening that Madison was scheduled to receive a … Continue reading Execution delayed for Alabama inmate in ’85 officer killing

Missouri executes man for killing woman, 2 children in 1998

BONNE TERRE, MO/January 31, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Nearly 19 years to the day that Susan Brouk and her two children were taken to a pond and killed, one of the men responsible for the crime was put to death Tuesday. Mark Christeson was given a lethal injection — Missouri’s first execution since May. Christeson, 37, … Continue reading Missouri executes man for killing woman, 2 children in 1998