Executions

This booking photo released by the Tennessee Department of Corrections shows Stephen West. West has made a last minute request to be put to death in the electric chair instead of dying by lethal injection. The state Department of Correction on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019 confirmed West made the request ahead of his Thursday execution. He previously opted against selecting a preference, which would have resulted in lethal injection. (Tennessee Department of Corrections via AP)
August 15, 2019 - 9:12 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee executed its third inmate in the electric chair since November, killing a man Thursday who maintained that he didn't stab a mother and her 15-year-old daughter to death in 1986. State officials pronounced 56-year-old Stephen West dead at 7:27 p.m. at Riverbend...
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This booking photo released by the Tennessee Department of Corrections shows Stephen West. The Tennessee death row inmate is asking Gov. Bill Lee to spare his life, maintaining that he didn’t actually kill a mother or her daughter three decades ago. West’s clemency application says his co-defendant, then-17-year-old Ronnie Martin, stabbed both people to death. His execution is slated for Aug. 15. Martin is serving a life sentence and is eligible for parole in 2030. (Tennessee Department of Corrections via AP)
August 13, 2019 - 6:06 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's governor announced Tuesday that he won't stop this week's scheduled execution of an inmate who maintains his accomplice was the one who fatally stabbed a mother and her daughter in 1986. Stephen West is set to receive a lethal injection Thursday at a maximum-...
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FILE - This Oct. 24, 2011, file photo released by Utah Department of Corrections shows Utah death row inmate Ron Lafferty. A Utah death row inmate whose double-murder case was featured in the book "Under the Banner of Heaven" inched closer to becoming the first person to be executed by firing squad in nearly a decade after losing his latest appeal Monday, Aug. 12, 2019. (Utah Department of Corrections via AP, File)
August 12, 2019 - 7:23 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah death row inmate featured in the popular book "Under the Banner of Heaven" after killing his sister-in-law and her child for resisting his polygamist beliefs inched closer to becoming the first American to be executed by firing squad in nearly a decade after losing his...
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FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Arizona Department of Corrections shows Joseph Rudolph Wood, who was executed on July 23, 2014. Wood was given 15 doses of a two-drug combination over two hours in an execution that his attorney said was botched. Executions in Arizona were put on hold after Wood's July 2014 death, but Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich says the state is now poised to resume executions. (Arizona Department of Corrections via AP, File)
July 26, 2019 - 7:55 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona is poised to resume executions after a five-year hiatus brought on by an execution that critics said was botched, a subsequent lawsuit challenging the way the state carries out the death penalty, and the difficulty of finding lethal injection drugs, Attorney General Mark...
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FILE - In this March 17, 2003 file photo, guard towers and razor wire ring the compound at the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind., the site of the last federal execution. Democratic presidential candidates may have a delicate balancing act when dealing with the Justice Department's announcement that it will begin executing federal death row inmates for the first time since 2003. The Democratic Party is more unified in its opposition to capital punishment than in years past, but a majority of Americans continue to support the death penalty. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
July 26, 2019 - 9:45 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The question to Michael Dukakis, the Democratic presidential candidate in 1988, was brutally personal. "If Kitty Dukakis were raped and murdered, would you favor an irrevocable death penalty for the killer?" Bernard Shaw, a CNN anchor, asked, referring to the Massachusetts...
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FILE - This file photo provided by the Macon County Sheriff's Office in Decatur, Ill., shows Brendt Christensen. Andrea Christensen, the sister of former University of Illinois student Brendt Christensen who is convicted of killing a Chinese scholar, told a jury, Monday, July 15, 2019, deciding whether he should be executed that he was a "very gentle person" who never raised his voice. (Macon County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)
July 17, 2019 - 10:40 pm
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Jurors began deliberating but didn't reach a decision Wednesday on whether a former University of Illinois doctoral student should be put to death for the brutal slaying of a scholar from China he abducted at a bus stop. Brent Christensen's attorney, Elisabeth Pollock, teared up...
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File - This undated file booking photo provided by the Maricopa County (Arizona) Sheriff's Office shows Apolinar Altamirano, a citizen of Mexico charged with murder in the shooting death four years ago of a convenience store clerk in a Phoenix suburb. A judge has ruled prosecutors can no longer seek the death penalty against Altamirano because he is intellectually disabled. The ruling means Altamirano will face life in prison if he's convicted of murder in the 2015 killing. He has pleaded not guilty to the murder charge. (AP Photo/Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, File)
July 05, 2019 - 6:20 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Prosecutors can no longer seek the death penalty against a Mexican immigrant charged with murder in the 2015 shooting death of a convenience store clerk in a Phoenix suburb because the accused is intellectually disabled, a judge has ruled. The ruling Wednesday means Apolinar...
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FILE - In this April 17, 2018 file image from video provided by KTHV-TV, a death penalty protester outside the Arkansas governor's mansion in Little Rock prepares to tie rope around Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen who is laying on a cot in protest of executions. Griffen on Monday, June 24, 2019 petitioned the high court, which disqualified him from hearing capital punishment cases, to allow him to handle execution-related cases again. (KTHV/TEGNA Inc. via AP, File)
June 25, 2019 - 12:00 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge who participated in an anti-death penalty demonstration outside the governor's mansion two years ago has asked the state Supreme Court to allow him to handle execution-related cases again. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen on Monday petitioned...
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In this Friday, June 14, 2019 photo, Chris Parks wipes away a tear while talking about the murder of his brother Donovan Corey Parks in Powder Springs, Ga.. Marion Wilson Jr. and Robert Earl Butts Jr. were convicted of murder and sentenced to death in the March 1996 killing of 24-year-old Donovan Corey Parks. Butts was executed in May 2018. Wilson, who’s 42, is set for execution Thursday, June 20. (AP Photo/Andrea Smith)
June 20, 2019 - 10:37 pm
JACKSON, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on the scheduled execution of a Georgia inmate for a 1996 killing (all times local): 10:15 p.m. An inmate executed by the state of Georgia for a slaying decades ago said in his last moments that he never killed anyone. From the execution chamber, 42-year-old inmate...
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In this Friday, June 14, 2019 photo, Chris Parks poses with a portrait of his brother Donovan Corey Parks in Powder Springs, Ga. Marion Wilson Jr. and Robert Earl Butts Jr. were convicted of murder and sentenced to death in the March 1996 killing of 24-year-old Donovan Corey Parks. Butts was executed in May 2018. Wilson, who’s 42, is set for execution Thursday, June 20. (AP Photo/Andrea Smith)
June 19, 2019 - 7:30 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — The state parole board has delayed making a decision in a clemency hearing for a Georgia inmate set to be executed for the slaying of an off-duty prison guard. Marion Wilson Jr. is scheduled to receive a lethal injection Thursday. Wilson and Robert Earl Butts Jr. were convicted of...
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