The Justice Department announced a new single-drug lethal injection protocol and set execution dates for five men convicted of murder.
The dramatic three-week trial of the hit man, whose reign of killing was chronicled in a in a BuzzFeed News investigation last year, featured testimony about cold-blooded murders — and wholesome swimming parties with his grandkids.
Mujtaba al-Sweikt was among the 37 people killed in Saudi Arabia's largest mass execution in three years.
"I did this with a heavy heart," Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday.
The Chief Justice Joined The Liberal Justices In Allowing A Death Row Inmate’s Dementia Claim To Move Forward
Alabama cannot put Vernon Madison to death if his dementia prevents him from rationally understanding why he is to be executed, the Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday.
An inmate put to death with the drugs in question would be at risk of “extraordinary physical pain,” the lawsuit says.
A Death Row Inmate Asks For More Time After BuzzFeed News Revealed A Troubled Source Of Texas's Execution Drugs
Using the pharmacy’s drugs would be an “unreasonable risk of a cruel execution,” his attorneys wrote to the governor.
Greenpark Compounding Pharmacy gave kids the wrong medicine. It forged documents. Its employees didn’t wash their hands adequately. So why did the state with the most executions hire it to make lethal injection drugs?
It has been widely suggested that Saudi Arabia’s crown prince was aware of the killing — a claim the country’s public prosecutor denied.
Robert Bowers made his first appearance in court in a wheelchair.
Documents obtained by BuzzFeed News show the original sales pitch for the Tennessee machine in 1985. The chair has only been used once so far.
The Court May Become More Conservative, But Justice Breyer Still Is Pressing For It To End The Death Penalty
While the nation focuses on whether the Supreme Court will take a conservative turn following Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement, Breyer is maintaining his effort to scale back or end the death penalty.
Justices rejected a higher standard set by a court for inmates seeking funds to challenge their conviction and a lower standard sought by the government for convicting people of obstructing IRS investigations.
Four justices made clear their view that the death penalty — at least as it exists in Arizona — merits further review.
Addiction experts say that drug users and dealers wouldn’t be deterred by the threat of execution years away — and that similarly draconian policies haven’t worked in other parts of the world. Legal scholars say the Supreme Court probably wouldn’t go for it either.
The state has not carried out an execution since 2011 primarily due to the lack of lethal injection drugs.
Missouri Fought For Years To Hide Where It Got Its Execution Drugs. Now We Know What They Were Hiding.
The state of Missouri did everything it could to keep secret where it got the drugs it used to put 17 inmates to death. Now, BuzzFeed News has discovered the supplier is a pharmacy repeatedly found to engage in hazardous practices that could put patients — and convicts — at risk.
Figures provided exclusively to BuzzFeed News reveal that, despite Mohammed bin Salman’s attempt to present himself as a reformer, the country's approach to the death penalty has not changed.
Robert Pruett has maintained his innocence in the 1999 murder of Texas corrections officer Daniel Nagle.
It wasn't just about the provision protecting LGBT people from being killed via the death penalty. The US just really likes the death penalty.
Mark Asay died by lethal injection on Thursday for two 1987 murders in a racially charged case. Florida, which has not held an execution since 2015, used a drug which has not previously been used in executions.
Mark Christeson was executed Tuesday for killing a mother and her two children after the US Supreme Court denied a request to halt the execution.
Texas Almost Bought Execution Drugs From 5 Men In India Who Were Accused Of Selling Illegal Party Pills
For the first time, BuzzFeed News reports on the secret backstory to Texas’ two-year search for illegal, overseas execution drugs.
Attorneys for Terry Edwards, who is scheduled to be executed Thursday, say there is evidence he did not commit the killings he was convicted for.
Ricky Gray was executed Wednesday for murdering the Harvey family, including two young children, during a crime spree in Richmond.
Roof was convicted of 33 charges, including 9 murders and 12 hate crime violations, in connection with the June 17, 2015, shooting inside Charleston's Emanuel AME church.
Death row inmates spent years fighting over Missouri's use of compounded pentobarbital. A sealed court filing obtained by BuzzFeed News says they may have been fighting the wrong thing.
The state has agreed to stop using midazolam, a drug similar to valium that was linked to several botched executions in recent years. Without the drug, the state has few options on how to go forward with lethal injections.
The white supremacist who shot and killed nine people at Emanuel AME Church was convicted Thursday. The jury will now decide whether he should get the death penalty.
The Supreme Court declined to halt the execution of Ronald Smith Jr. for a 1994 murder. A jury had recommended life imprisonment, but a judge nonetheless sentenced Smith to death.
William Sallie's lawyers had appealed to the US Supreme Court to stop his execution over claims of jury bias during his trial.
Steven Spears refused to challenge his death sentence since being convicted for the 2001 murder of Sherri Holland.
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Duane Buck was sentenced to death after his own expert said he was more dangerous because he was black. The justices agreed it was "indefensible" — but debated the larger effects of the case on Wednesday.
Barney Ronald Fuller Jr. was executed Wednesday, possibly breaking the longest gap between executions in Texas since 2008.
Lawyers for the accused Charleston shooter responded to the prosecutors motion to limit his use of a "mercy" defense at trial.
The state has carried out one death sentence in 2016. It is one of only five states to have carried out any executions this year.
Attorneys for the accused Charleston church shooter argue that forcing potential jurors to say they would impose the death penalty violates their religious freedoms.
While death penalty states make the case that secrecy laws are needed to protect execution drug suppliers from possible violence, a review of the available information shows evidence for that argument is lacking.
After a string of execution mistakes and resignations, the state is replacing the personnel key to carrying out the death penalty in Oklahoma. But state officials say they view execution experience as "immaterial" in the hiring.
John Conner was scheduled to die Thursday evening for killing his friend. After some delay in last-minute appeals, the execution was completed a little past midnight.
It's been nearly a year since the federal government seized thousands of vials of lethal injection drugs on their way to death penalty states. The states want their drugs, and neither side is showing signs of backing down.
The state supreme court ruled against death row inmates, finding the state had no obligation to publicly disclose the drug supplier, and upheld the state's execution protocol.
The court will not allow the accused Charleston shooter to have his case heard by a judge instead of a jury.
A judge set the accused Charleston church shooter's federal trial for November.
The father of one of Michael Madison's victims took a leaping lunge at the serial killer during his sentencing.
The grand jury said extreme secrecy employed by state employees “contributed greatly” to execution mistakes. But the problems highlighted in Oklahoma have been raised in many states with the death penalty.
A grand jury began investigating Oklahoma's death penalty methods after multiple botched execution attempts. The jury issued a lengthy critical report, but no one will be indicted for the mistakes.
Several years ago, the state agreed to disclose where it gets its execution drugs. Then the legislature changed the law, making that information confidential.
Arizona had tried to speed up a legal challenge to its execution methods before its drugs expire at the end of the month. But a federal judge said some of the death row inmates' concerns are valid.
Vernon Madison was scheduled to be put to death Thursday, but a federal appeals court put the execution on hold due to concerns that he is not competent to be executed. The Supreme Court, on a 4-4 vote, later denied Alabama's request to lift the stay of execution.
Earl Forrest, who killed three people including a sheriff's deputy, had asked the Supreme Court to stop his execution on the grounds that the death penalty is unconstitutional.
Daniel Anthony Lucas and an accomplice killed two children and their father as part of a burglary in 1998. The accomplice was executed in 2010.
The Foreign Office funds human rights projects around the world, but documents seen by BuzzFeed News suggest the Conservatives are less keen to pay for campaigns against capital punishment in countries such as China.
A small compounding pharmacy in Oklahoma sold execution drugs for at least three Missouri executions. When investigators later inspected the pharmacy, they found “significant” problems, and it later defaulted on its bank loans.
The Department of Corrections had reason to know it used the wrong drug in one execution in 2015 well before it obtained — and almost used — the same wrong drug for another execution later that same year.
Kenneth Fults had asked the U.S. Supreme Court to halt his execution after racist comments were made by a juror after the trial.
More than 1,600 people were executed in 2015 as Iran, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia drove a surge in the use of the death penalty, an Amnesty International review has found.
Pablo Vasquez was executed Wednesday. The U.S. Supreme Court denied a request to stop his execution because of the trial court's conduct in excusing prospective jurors.
Following a critical audit of the execution payment process, rather than begin complying with a key anti-fraud rule, the Department of Corrections simply eliminated it.
John Battaglia fatally shot both his daughters, aged 6 and 9, while on the phone with their mother. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals halted his execution hours before it was due to take place.
Adam Ward was put to death by lethal injection Tuesday for a 2005 murder. His lawyers had said he should be deemed constitutionally ineligible for the death penalty because of severe mental illness.
Coy Wayne Wesbrook, set to be executed Wednesday, murdered his ex-wife and four others in 1997. His lawyers claim he is intellectually disabled.
Arizona inmates are asking that the state not use a paralytic in their executions so witnesses can see the pain they may feel. The state says they are trying to create a "spectacle" and have no First Amendment right to "go viral."
“The commandment, ‘Thou shalt not kill,' has absolute value, and concerns both the innocent and the guilty."
Travis Hittson was put to death Wednesday evening for killing a man in 1992. It was the state's second execution this year.
Executioners took nearly an hour set the IVs in two recent lethal injections, according to timelines obtained by BuzzFeed News through public records requests and eyewitness accounts.
Gustavo Garcia died by lethal injection on Tuesday for killing a store clerk during an armed robbery.
Exclusive: Critical evidence used to sentence two Burmese bar workers to death last year for the brutal murder of two British backpackers in the Thai resort of Koh Tao was secretly supplied by Britain’s elite crime-fighting agency.
A third official has stepped down since a grand jury began investigating mistakes in Oklahoma's executions. A spokesman said he was not aware of a connection to the investigation.
Missouri paid a family-run pharmacy in Oklahoma more than $30,000 in cash for execution drugs. Federal law requires recipients of large amounts of cash alert a federal financial crimes unit — but the pharmacy isn’t saying whether it did.
Brandon Astor Jones spent nearly 37 years on death row for murdering a convenience store manager during an armed robbery. Jones was executed early Wednesday morning.
Director George Lombardi was questioned about $250,000 in cash payments to executioners — all without disclosures to the Internal Revenue Service. The practice was revealed by BuzzFeed News last week.
National law firm Alston & Bird is fighting the FDA, asking it to release execution drugs that Arizona imported from India. The state has said it will sue if the FDA doesn't do so.
James Freeman was executed by lethal injection Wednesday after the Supreme Court declined to intervene. His clemency request was also denied.
Lawyers for Richard Masterson, convicted of strangling a man to death, said he is innocent and that the victim died of a heart attack.
Arizona's supply of midazolam expires at the end of May. The state is hoping that a challenge brought by death row inmates can be wrapped up with enough time to carry out the executions.
Joe Allbaugh, a longtime Bush associate, will be the interim director of corrections for his home state. The previous director resigned in the midst of a grand jury investigation into how executions are handled in the state.
"The 47 convicted terrorists were directly responsible for terrorist attacks."
Sheikh Nimr Baqer al-Nimr, 56, was put to death at a time of rising of tensions between the Middle East's Shiite and Sunni.
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Pennsylvania prosecutors challenged the governor's ability to suspend executions. But the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Monday that the reprieve power is "broad" and "constitutionally sound."
Ben England, who once testified on behalf of death row inmates, is now the go-to consultant for states looking to get execution drugs the FDA says are illegal to import, records obtained by BuzzFeed News show.
Georgia executed Brian Keith Terrell early Wednesday for murdering John Watson in 1992. It is the United States' final execution of the year.
Marcus Ray Johnson sought to stop his execution to allow for DNA testing that he said would prove he did not murder a woman in 1994.
Raphael Holiday was executed Wednesday for burning three children to death in 2000. Although the U.S. Supreme Court declined to stop his execution, a local judge withdrew the execution date. [Update: The appeals court, however, tossed out the local judge's order.]
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Each execution attempt under Oklahoma Department of Corrections Director Robert Patton has been marred by mistakes. Many of those mistakes mirror ones made under his leadership in Arizona, BuzzFeed News has found.
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Ernest Lee Johnson, who murdered three people in 1994, had asked the Supreme Court to stop his execution on Tuesday, saying Missouri's lethal injection drugs put him at risk of having a seizure because of his brain tumor and defects.
Nebraska has hired Ben England, who also has been hired by other states, to help it import drugs for use in executions. In documents confirming his work for Nebraska, England also is listed as the U.S. agent for the drug salesman in India who has been the subject of ongoing BuzzFeed News reporting.
A Yemeni family had offered to pay the victim’s family money while hundreds took to Twitter to ask for forgiveness.
Jerry Correll, who killed four people, including his 5-year-old daughter, was executed by lethal injection after the Supreme Court declined to intervene.
Chris Harris, the execution drug salesman who has been the focus of ongoing reporting by BuzzFeed News, sold drugs to Texas, Arizona, and Nebraska.
Both Arizona and Texas attempted to illegally import sodium thiopental in July, but the shipments are still being held at the airports. Nebraska also attempted to import the same drug illegally this summer, as previously reported.
When states ran out of execution drugs, they started paying tens of thousands of dollars to Chris Harris, a salesman in India with no pharmaceutical background.
The state called off an execution last week after discovering it had obtained the wrong drug. But according to an autopsy report the state already used the incorrect drug in a previous execution.
Juan Garcia on Tuesday was executed by lethal injection for fatally shooting a man during a 1998 robbery in which he stole $8. He was denied clemency.
Kimber Edwards was set to be executed on Oct. 6 for hiring a hit man to kill his ex-wife, until Gov. Jay Nixon commuted his sentence to life without parole. The killer now says he framed Edwards to avoid the death penalty.
Citing questions raised about a lethal injection drug, Gov. Mary Fallin granted a 37-day stay of execution for Glossip who was set to be executed today. Glossip says he is innocent and has thousands of supporters, including Susan Sarandon and Richard Branson.