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Arizona Botches Execution, Inmate Gasps

Arizona death row inmate Joseph Wood died nearly two hours after his execution commenced Wednesday, and his attorney said that he gasped for breath for much of that time. Wood was convicted of murder in 1989, after killing his estranged girlfriend and her father. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer said she was concerned with the amount of time it took for …

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First US Execution Since Lethal Injection Botch

A man on death row was executed in Georgia on Tuesday. The execution is the first one since a botched execution in Oklahoma nearly two months ago. There were several other death row inmates who were scheduled for execution the same day. In April, Clayton Lockett was scheduled to be executed by lethal injection, but the execution was stopped when …

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Kim Jong-Un’s ‘Executed’ Ex-Girlfriend Seen Alive

North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un reportedly ordered the execution of an ex-girlfriend last summer over a sex tape she was involved in, though now the formerly presumed-deceased pop singer Hyon Song-Wol was seen on state television delivering a speech at a national art workers rally in Pyongyang on Friday. Song-wol, who was a lover of Jong-un when they both …

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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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Inmate IQ Scores: A Factor In Executions?

Executions in the United States are becoming increasingly controversial. While accusations of cruelty and racism play a major part in opposing capital punishment, some also feel that special attention must be paid to sentencing mental ill or handicapped individuals. One man is claiming that the state of Florida should not be able to put him to death because an intellectual …

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Missouri Execution: Michael Taylor Is Dead

Missouri inmate Michael Taylor, 47, was executed on Wednesday for the abduction, rape, and death of 15-year-old Ann Harrison in 1989. Harrison was in her own driveway carrying a purse, flute, and her school books when she was abducted by Taylor, and another man named Roderick Nunley. The two men forced Harrison into a car that they had stolen the …

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Suzanne Basso Executed in Texas For 1998 Murder

Suzanne Basso’s life came to a quiet end today, standing in stark contrast against the atrocities the woman and a few other people dealt to a mentally disabled man by the name of Louis “Buddy” Musso. Basso convinced Musso to live with her and then proceeded to take over his social security benefits. She then took out insurance policies for …

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Suzanne Basso Cleared for Execution in Texas

On Tuesday, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Suzanne Basso competent to be executed. Basso, 59, is awaiting execution in Texas due to her part in the 1998 murder of Louis “Buddy” Musso, a mentally handicapped man. Though it is unclear whether Basso will continue her appeal all the way to the Supreme Court, her bizarre behavior during …

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Ohio Executes Killer and His Family Sues

When a criminal is convicted and faces execution, it is a difficult scenario for the family to endure. But when execution day comes and officials in charge of the execution botch things in a major way, it can cause serious emotional damage to that prisoner’s family. And it did – The family of the Ohio man, Dennis McGuire, who was …

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Ohio Executes Killer Using New Drug Method

On Thursday, Ohio executed its first death row inmate using a new two-drug procedure. Ohio became the first state to use the new method on 53-year-old Dennis McGuire. McGuire was convicted in 1994 for killing a pregnant woman, Joy Stewart, in 1989. Ohio had to find a new method of execution due to the limited supply of pentobarbital. The new …

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Florida Execution Carried Out After 40 Years

A Florida man, who spent nearly 40 years on death row, was executed on Tuesday. In 1974, Askari Abdullah Muhammad, 62, also known as Thomas Knight, abducted and killed his former boss and boss’ wife Sydney and Lillian Gans. Four years later, Muhammad murdered Richard Burke, a prison guard, with a sharpened spoon. He was sentenced to die for Burke’s …

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