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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……

Convicted murderer executed in Missouri with the experimental chemical pentobarbital

A convicted murder was executed by lethal injection Wednesday night in the US state of Missouri, his lawyers said. Herbert Smulls, 56, was put to death after a reprieve granted by US Supreme Court Judge Samuel Alito late Tuesday was lifted by the court. Smulls had challenging the use of…

Texas to soon run out of lethal injection drug

Texas, the state that puts to death the most prisoners in the US, will soon run out of the drug used for lethal injections. A spokesman for the Texas Department of Justice told AFP Friday that the state’s stock of pentobarbital, the barbiturate used for the death penalty, has nearly…

Ohio convicted killer spared the death penalty due to obesity dies of ‘natural causes’

By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) – A convicted Ohio killer who sought to be spared the death penalty because he was obese died Thursday at a Columbus hospital of natural causes, an Ohio prison spokeswoman said. Ronald Post, 53, who weighed more than 450 pounds, had been scheduled to be…

Georgia rushes to complete executions before lethal drug supply runs out

State’s entire supply of pentobarbital runs out on March 1 with Georgia seeking permission from courts to block legal delays The state of Georgia is scrambling for legal permission to proceed with two scheduled executions before its supply of the drug that would be used to kill the prisoners reaches its expiration…

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