Executions

November 11, 2019 - 12:36 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah death-row inmate whose double-murder case was featured in the book "Under the Banner of Heaven" and who was nearing execution by firing squad has died of natural causes, prison officials said Monday. Ron Lafferty, 78, died at the state prison in the Salt Lake City...
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November 11, 2019 - 12:22 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah prison officials say a death-row inmate whose double-murder case was featured in the book "Under the Banner of Heaven" and who was nearing an execution by firing squad has died of natural causes. Utah Department of Corrections spokeswoman Kaitlin Felsted said in a...
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Supporters rally to stop the execution of Texas death row inmate Rodney Reed outside the governor’s mansion in Austin, Texas, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. In his five years as Texas' governor, Republican Greg Abbott has overseen the execution of nearly 50 prisoners while only once sparing a condemned man's life, after a victims' family asked him to do so. (AP Photo/Paul Weber)
November 09, 2019 - 9:10 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — In his five years as Texas' governor, Republican Greg Abbott has overseen the execution of nearly 50 prisoners while only once sparing a condemned man's life. But Abbott — who has proudly referred to the death penalty as "Texas justice" — has never confronted such intense...
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FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2017, file photo, death row inmate Rodney Reed waves to his family in the Bastrop County District Court in Bastrop, Texas. Supporters for Reed, who's facing lethal injection in less than two weeks for a murder he says he didn't commit, are mounting a final push in the courts and on social media to stop his execution, which is being called into question by lawmakers, pastors, celebrities and the European Union. (Ricardo B. Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP, File)
November 09, 2019 - 5:08 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — In his five years as Texas' governor, Republican Greg Abbott has overseen the execution of nearly 50 prisoners while only once sparing a condemned man's life, after a victims' family asked him to do so. But Abbott — who has proudly referred to the death penalty as "Texas...
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FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2017, file photo, death row inmate Rodney Reed waves to his family in the Bastrop County District Court in Bastrop, Texas. Supporters for Reed, who's facing lethal injection in less than two weeks for a murder he says he didn't commit, are mounting a final push in the courts and on social media to stop his execution, which is being called into question by lawmakers, pastors, celebrities and the European Union. (Ricardo B. Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP, File)
November 09, 2019 - 12:02 am
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — In his five years as Texas' governor, Republican Greg Abbott has overseen the execution of nearly 50 prisoners while only once sparing a condemned man's life, after a victims' family asked him to do so. But Abbott — who has proudly referred to the death penalty as "Texas...
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FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2017, file photo, death row inmate Rodney Reed waves to his family in the Bastrop County District Court in Bastrop, Texas. Supporters for Reed, who's facing lethal injection in less than two weeks for a murder he says he didn't commit, are mounting a final push in the courts and on social media to stop his execution, which is being called into question by lawmakers, pastors, celebrities and the European Union. (Ricardo B. Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP, File)
November 07, 2019 - 6:14 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — Supporters of a Texas death row inmate who is facing lethal injection in less than two weeks for a murder he says he didn't commit are mounting a final push in the courts and on social media to stop his execution, which is being called into question by lawmakers, pastors, celebrities...
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In this Dec. 31, 2017 photo provided by the South Dakota Department of Corrections is Charles Rhines at the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls. South Dakota Circuit Judge Jon Sogn has denied Rhines' request to delay his execution next week over the drug to be used. Rhines had argued that pentobarbital does not act quickly enough to comply with state law. Rhines, is scheduled to be executed in November 2019 in South Dakota for a 1992 fatal stabbing of 22-year-old Donnivan Schaeffer while burglarizing a doughnut shop. (South Dakota Department of Corrections via AP)
November 02, 2019 - 9:53 am
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Donnivan Schaeffer was delivering supplies to the South Dakota doughnut shop where he worked when a former co-worker who was in the middle of burglarizing the place ambushed the 22-year-old, stabbing him in the stomach. Bleeding from his wound, Schaeffer begged to be taken...
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This undated photo made available by the Georgia Department of Corrections, shows inmate Ray Jefferson Cromartie in custody. Georgia's highest court has stepped in and temporarily halted Cromartie's execution scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019. Cromartie was to receive a lethal injection at the state prison in Jackson for the April 1994 killing of convenience store clerk Richard Slysz in Thomasville. The Georgia Supreme Court issued a stay of execution, saying "it appears that the pending execution order may be void." (Georgia Department of Corrections via AP)
October 30, 2019 - 1:50 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — With about eight hours to spare before a man convicted of killing a convenience store clerk was to be put to death Wednesday, the state's highest court stepped in and temporarily halted the scheduled execution. Ray Jefferson Cromartie, 52, was to receive a lethal injection at 7 p.m...
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This undated photo made available by the Georgia Department of Corrections, shows inmate Ray Jefferson Cromartie in custody. Georgia's highest court has stepped in and temporarily halted Cromartie's execution scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019. Cromartie was to receive a lethal injection at the state prison in Jackson for the April 1994 killing of convenience store clerk Richard Slysz in Thomasville. The Georgia Supreme Court issued a stay of execution, saying "it appears that the pending execution order may be void." (Georgia Department of Corrections via AP)
October 30, 2019 - 12:50 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — With about eight hours to spare before a man convicted of killing a convenience store clerk was set to be put to death Wednesday, the state's highest court stepped in and temporarily halted the scheduled execution. Ray Jefferson Cromartie, 52, was to receive a lethal injection at 7 p...
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FILE - In this Oct. 13, 1999, file photo, Ricky Bell, then the warden at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, Tenn., gives a tour of the prison's execution chamber. Three condemned inmates in Tennessee have chosen to die in the electric chair in the past year, claiming the state's lethal injection method is even worse. The inmates argued in court that the midazolam-based lethal injection method causes feelings of burning and suffocating. Tennessee has three executions scheduled, and nine more in the works. Unless something changes, it is likely the three inmates who opted for the electric chair won't be the last. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)
October 25, 2019 - 11:36 am
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The inmate's request was a surprising one, made three days before he was to be executed in October 2018: Edmund Zagorski told the state of Tennessee he'd rather die in the electric chair than receive a lethal injection. Some took the request as a ploy to buy time. Defense...
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