Animal welfare guidelines are clear: Suffocating dogs or cats with nitrogen is not an acceptable method for euthanasia. But Oklahoma may soon use it for executions.
The Department of Corrections postponed the executions of Kelly Gissendaner and Brian Terrell in order to analyze the drugs that were to be used in last night’s execution.
The attorney general suggested a nationwide hold on executions pending a Supreme Court review of Oklahoma’s lethal injection protocol. Alabama, Florida, Ohio, and Tennessee have halted executions recently over drug issues, and activists called for Oregon’s outgoing governor to take action on the issue as well.
Donald Newbury, one of the “Texas 7” fugitive gang who escaped prison in 2000, was executed after the Supreme Court refused to intervene.
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The Supreme Court denied Andrew Brannan’s request to stop his execution. His lawyers said his life should be spared because of his mental illness.
Charles Warner, who raped and killed his roommate’s 11-month-old daughter, was executed tonight. Additionally, Florida executed Johnny Kormondy for a 1993 murder.
Ohio will no longer allow the execution drugs used on Dennis McGuire, who appeared to gasp and snort during a 26-minute execution.
Four inmates in Oklahoma are set to be executed in the first three months of 2015. The inmates’ lawyer says they will continue to fight to stop the scheduled executions.
The state Department of Corrections said it would no longer use the two-drug combination that took nearly two hours to kill inmate Joseph Wood in July.
Scott Panetti, first diagnosed with serious mental illness 36 years ago, was sentenced to death in 1995 for the 1992 murders of his in-laws. BuzzFeed News looks at the timeline of Panetti’s illness, crimes, and legal fights since.
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals denied a stay of execution on Tuesday for Scott Panetti, a man who says he is being killed for preaching the Gospel.
UPDATE: Leon Taylor was executed early Wednesday morning. He was sentenced to death by an all-white jury in 1999 for murder a gas station attendant in front of the victim’s 8-year-old stepdaughter.
Updated: Chadwick Banks was convicted of raping and fatally shooting the girl moments after killing her mother. The Supreme Court refused to stop the execution.
Gang member, Miguel Paredes, was executed on Tuesday for a triple murder. The Supreme Court denied Paredes’ request for a stay of execution.
A federal lawsuit names the doctor who performed Clayton Lockett’s execution in April, as well as Gov. Mary Fallin and corrections officials. The lawsuit calls the execution a “barbaric spectacle.”
Coleman was convicted of kidnapping and murdering her girlfriend’s 9-year-old son through abuse and starvation.
Pennsylvania’s desire to keep lethal injection drug information hidden from the public “is flatly inconsistent with our governmental values and our Constitution,” media organizations argue.
Update: Willie Trottie was executed on Wednesday after the Supreme Court denied his stay requests. His lawyers had contended that Texas is using expired drugs to kill him and that he received inadequate legal representation at trial.
UPDATED: Stay of execution of John Middleton ended at 6 p.m. CT Wednesday. The U.S. Supreme Court later denied Middleton’s four requests to stay his execution.
Updated: Eddie Wayne Davis became the seventh person to be executed in Florida this year. The U.S. Supreme Court denied his last-minute appeal to stop the execution.
The inmates say the state’s execution procedure is an “experimentation with captive and unwilling human subjects.”
John Henry, who killed his wife and her 5-year-old son, was the sixth man to be executed by Florida this year. The Supreme Court denied his stay request.
Marcus Wellons’ execution on Tuesday was the first in the U.S. since Oklahoma’s botched lethal injection in April. The 11th Circuit denied his stay request, as did the Supreme Court.
Protected by secrecy laws, some states with the most active death chambers are refusing to disclose important elements of how inmates are killed by lethal injection.
Convicted killer John Winfield filed a motion with the Missouri Supreme Court to stay his June 18 execution on grounds that the state’s drug secrecy violates its public records law.
The case now goes back to a federal appeals court.
The execution of Russell Bucklew, who killed his ex-girlfriend’s partner, was slated for early Wednesday, but Associate Justice Samuel Alito issued a temporary stay on Tuesday evening to halt the execution.
Update: The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals granted a motion to stop the execution of Robert James Campbell in Texas on Tuesday on the grounds of his intellectual disability.
“When our system tolerates secrecy, constitutional abuses — such as the tortured death of Mr. [Clayton] Lockett — occur,” lawyers for Texas death row inmate Robert James Campbell argue about last week’s botched execution in Oklahoma. Lawyers for Texas say their state’s process is different. [Update: The judge ruled against stopping the upcoming execution.]