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GA killer put to death with mystery drugs in first execution since botched OK lethal injection

A man convicted of the 1989 rape and strangulation of a teenage girl in Georgia was executed on Tuesday, the first U.S. inmate to be put to death since a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma in April renewed a national debate over capital punishment. Marcus Wellons, 58, was executed by…

Federal judge: Missouri doesn’t have to identify chemicals in lethal injection mix

A federal judge in the U.S. state of Missouri refused Monday to postpone an execution, which would be the first since a botched lethal injection ignited a national debate. Russell Bucklew is set to be put to death on Wednesday in Bonne Terre for the murder of a love rival…

Utah Republican calls for the return of executions by firing squad

A Utah state representative wants to reinstate executions by firing squad in the state. The Associated Press reported that Rep. Paul Ray (R) of Clearfield made the suggestion as a solution to the nation’s dwindling supply of the drugs used for lethal injections. “It sounds like the Wild West, but…

Associated Press and The Guardian join media push for details on lethal injection mix

A group of U.S.-based media outlets on Thursday launched a legal bid to obtain information about drugs due to be used in a lethal injection in Missouri next week following a botched execution in Oklahoma. Convicted murderer Russell Bucklew is scheduled to be executed on May 21 by Missouri, one…

Inmates in three states cite botched Oklahoma execution in death row appeals

Three U.S. death row inmates have filed new appeals seeking to stop their executions citing apparent suffering by a prisoner put to death in a botched procedure in Oklahoma last month. Robert James Campbell, who is due to die in Texas on Tuesday, sought a stay on the grounds that…

Oklahoma imposes six-month moratorium on executions

Oklahoma’s top appeals court agreed Thursday to halt all executions in the south-central U.S. state for six months, after a botched lethal injection last week triggered accusations of torture. Clayton Lockett’s execution, in which the convicted murderer and rapist died 43 minutes after the start of the lethal injection and…

New study calls for transparency on chemicals used for U.S. lethal injection executions

U.S. states are increasingly attempting to conceal information about drugs used to perform lethal injections, a report said Wednesday, a week after a botched Oklahoma execution which left a convicted killer writhing in agony. Death penalty states “have intensified their efforts to obscure information regarding the development and implementation of…

Oklahoma examines what went wrong in botched execution

By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) – The autopsy of an inmate who died, apparently of a heart attack, during a botched execution was begun on Wednesday in Oklahoma, while Governor Mary Fallin called for an investigation into what went wrong in the death chamber. Convicted murderer and rapist Clayton…

FL inmate questions capital punishment just before his execution for bludgeoning deaths

A Florida man convicted of bludgeoning two women to death with a hammer and setting them on fire more than 26 years ago was executed on Thursday, a state prison official said. Robert Lavern Henry, 55, was pronounced dead at 6:16 p.m. after receiving a lethal injection, said Misty Cash,…

States mulling long-abandoned execution methods amid lethal injection drug shortage

Electric chairs, gas chambers or firing squad: American states that retain the death penalty are mulling a return to long-abandoned execution methods as they grapple with a shortage of lethal injection drugs. A handful of officials in Virginia, Wyoming……

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