All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘death penalty’

Oklahoma Governor Holds After Botched Execution

“If we are to have executions at all, they must not be conducted like hastily thrown together human science experiments.” On Tuesday evening, two executions were scheduled to take place in McAlester, Oklahoma: Clayton D. Lockett, who was convicted in 1999 of shooting a teenage girl and watching as two accomplices buried her alive, and Charles F. Warner, who was …

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Oklahoma Execution Was Inhumane, Says White House

In a press conference held earlier today, White House spokesman Jay Carney said that the botched execution of Oklahoma inmate Clayton Lockett “fell short of the humane standards required when the death penalty is carried out,” according to the AP. He went on to say that everyone could see that this was the case. On Tuesday evening, Lockett died of …

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Oklahoma Botches Execution, Postpones Another

An Oklahoma death row prisoner died of a heart attack roughly 20 minutes after waking up during his execution mid-injection, due to faulty equipment. The scheduled execution of a second inmate for the evening was subsequently postponed. Corrections Director Robert Patton stopped the delivery of the three drug combination used in Oklahoma, after realizing inmate Clayton Lockett had regained consciousness …

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Julie Schenecker Murder Trial Starts Jury Selection

The jury selection phase of the murder trial of Julie Schenecker began Monday in Tampa, and is expected to take several days, as the prosecution and defense assess over 100 potential jurors. Schenecker, of New Tampa, Florida is accused of killing her two teenage children in 2011. The Schenecker double homicide occurred on January 28, 2011, when Calyx and Beau …

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Florida Execution Leaves ‘Old Sparky’ Unemployed

Florida executed a man on Wednesday who was convicted of murdering two relatives in 1990, marking the 85th instance of capital punishment for the state, and the fourth so far this year. Robert Hendrix, 47, was pronounced dead at 6:21 p.m. at Florida State Prison in Starke, shortly after a lethal injection procedure began. He remained silent, offering no final …

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Missouri Execution: Fourth Inmate Executed in 2014

Death row inmate William Rousan was executed on Wednesday; the execution is the fourth for Missouri in 2014. Rousan was sentenced to death after being found guilty of murdering a couple in 1993. After being denied clemency by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon on Tuesday evening, 57-year-old William Rousan was put to death by lethal injection just after midnight on Wednesday. …

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Ray Jasper, Aspiring Rapper, Executed In Texas

Former San Antonio rap artist Ray Jasper was executed by the state of Texas on Wednesday for a murder that took place 16 years ago. In 1998, Jasper was convicted of robbing and killing studio owner David Alejandro. Up until the moment he received his pentobarbital shot, Jasper maintained his innocence. He was pronounced dead at exactly 6:31 p.m., moments …

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Missouri Execution of Child Killer Inhumane?

Time ran out for Michael Taylor. The state of Missouri executed him a few hours ago. He was announced dead at 12:01 Wednesday morning. With Taylor entering his final hours of life, his defense attorney tried desperately to get a stay of execution on the grounds of “violations of equal protection and due process”. But federal courts and the governor …

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Florida Execution Reignites Death Penalty Debate

The Florida execution of a confessed murderer yesterday has again caused tempers to flare on both sides of the death penalty debate. In fact, a last minute, last resort appeal was made on behalf of the confessed murderer, Juan Carlos Chavez, by his lawyers, but was unsuccessful. The accused confessed to the 1995 rape, murder, and dismemberment of 9-year-old Jimmy …

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Gov. Jay Inslee Halts Death Penalty In Washington

Washington governor Jay Inslee announced Tuesday that while he’s in office, he will be suspending the use of the death penalty. “There have been too many doubts raised about capital punishment,” Inslee said during a press conference. “There are too many flaws in this system.” Inslee hopes that his bringing capital punishment to a halt will allow the state to …

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Wyoming Firing Squad: Lawmaker’s Execution Proposal Won’t Be Considered

Wyoming lawmaker Bruce Burns sponsored a bill to make death by firing squad an option in his state, but the state senate voted against considering the bill on Tuesday. Burns proposed this alternate method to carry out a capital punishment sentence last month. Now that the firing squad option is off the table in Wyoming, Missouri is the only other …

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Pregnant Woman Murder: Husband Charged With Slaying

A charge has been brought against the alleged killer of missing pregnant woman, Melissa Sowders, whose body was apparently discovered on Thursday in Harris County, Texas. The estranged husband of Sowders, 28-year-old Matthew Sowders, may face the death penalty or life in prison in the slaying of his ex-wife and her unborn child. Divers found the body of who they …

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