(AP) — A man convicted in the murder case that inspired the 1999 movie "Boys Don't Cry" has joined a fellow death row inmate in challenging Nebraska's three-judge method for determining death sentences. The Nebraska attorney general's office has filed motions arguing that Nebraska's sentencing scheme allows jury participation and is not identical to the one struck down in Florida. In Ne...
A jury is expected to decide as early as Tuesday whether Dylann Roof, the man who killed nine people at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, will become the first person sentenced to death for federal hate crimes. (Jan. 9)
The prosecution called dozens of witnesses, but the Charleston church shooter only attempted to convince the jury he was sane, and nothing else
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Republican state lawmaker in New Mexico is reviving efforts to reinstate the death penalty as an option for convicted killers of police, children and corrections officers. A similar bill was approved by the state's Republican-controlled House of Representatives in October during a special legislative session, but never taken up by the Senate.
After four days of testimony, prosecutors rested their death penalty case Monday against convicted Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof , calling more than two dozen people during the trial's penalty phase.
The big sister of the youngest victim killed in the 2015 attack on Emanuel AME Church describes her baby brother as a jack-of-all-trades who had a variety of interests including music and modeling. Goss took the stand as one of the final witnesses called by prosecutors seeking the death penalty against Dylann Roof. Jurors convicted Roof last month of 33 federal charges, including hate crimes ...
Thai officials convicted in corruption cases involving more than 1 billion baht ($28 million) could face the death penalty under a proposal approved on Monday by the military-appointed National Reform Steering Committee.
While investigators try to figure out the motive of an Iraq war veteran accused of killing five travelers and wounding six others at a busy international airport in Florida, the suspected gunman was charged and could face the death penalty if convicted. Esteban Santiago, 26, was charged...
(AP) — While investigators try to figure out the motive of an Iraq war veteran accused of killing five travelers and wounding six others at a busy international airport in Florida, the suspected gunman was charged and could face the death penalty if convicted. Esteban Santiago, 26, was charged with an act of violence at an international airport resulting in death — which carries a ...
Federal prosecutors said the charges and possible possible death penalty reflect the seriousness of the situation. Five people were killed in the rampage.
Airport shooting suspect Esteban Santiago is facing federal charges that could bring the death penalty after he told investigators he planned the carnage and purchased a one-way ticket to Fort Lauderdale to carry it out.
Prosecutors are nearing the end of their presentation on why the Charleston church shooter deserves execution.
(AP) — Prosecutors say they'll seek the death penalty against a man accused of killing three people in Fort Wayne, including a pregnant woman. Damion Arrington, who's related to the victims, says a possible death sentence if Dansby is convicted is "going to be a rough one."
Donald Trump called WikiLeaks "disgraceful" and suggested there be a "death penalty" for their actions during a 2010 interview.
Lawyers for a Massachusetts man who admitted to murdering three people in a week long 2001 rampage are due in federal court in Boston on Wednesday to make their last arguments to the jury that will determine whether he will be executed.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Attorneys for death row inmates and lawyers for Ohio's prisons agency are back in court this week in the latest challenge to the way the state puts condemned killers to death. Some of the testimony in the trial overseen by Magistrate Judge Michael Merz will come from members of the state execution team who will answer questions anonymously while sitting behind court...
Dylann Roof could face the death penalty when the penalty phase begins in his federal murder trail Tuesday after being convicted last month of murdering nine black worshipers in a South Carolina church. Mark Strassmann reports.
Dylann Roof's fate will soon be back in the hands of the jurors who found him guilty of killing nine black parishioners at a church in Charleston, South Carolina. The sentencing phase of Roof's federal trial, in which he could face the death penalty, is set to begin Tuesday. Roof, 22, has said he...
ABRAKA, Nigeria (AP) — 3 Nigerian death row inmates secretly executed, breaching death penalty moratorium: Lawyer.
Dylann Roof told a judge Wednesday he does not plan on introducing evidence or calling witnesses in the sentencing phase of his death penalty trial for the Charleston church shooting. Roof was convicted of hate crimes and murder.
Nebraska voters reinstated the death penalty on Nov. 8 when they overturned the Legislature's decision last year to abolish capital punishment. The state has had difficulty obtaining the drugs necessary, and any procedural changes contemplated likely will face legal challenges. Nebraska opponents memorialized Foltz each game, home and away, and the Cornhuskers' senior day included his parents...
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Toledo is calling on Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) to end the death penalty in the state.
An Orange County jury on Wednesday decided a serial killer should be executed for the abduction and murder of four women.
Prosecutors will not seek the death penalty against four men accused of killing three teens in a firebombing at a South El Monte tire shop.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A ballot initiative approved by voters to speed up death penalty appeals was put on hold Tuesday by the California Supreme Court to consider a lawsuit challenging the measure. The challenge is based on four legal arguments, including that it violates the jurisdiction of courts by having Superior Court judges handle secondary appeals over issues such as newly discovered...
The California Supreme Court has halted implementation of a voter-approved measure intended to speed up the appeals process for death row inmates.
The state didn't acknowledge any liability in settling the claim that the use of midazolam doesn't ensure that inmates won't feel the pain caused by another drug in the combination. A remaining claim in the lawsuit alleges the state has abused its discretion in the methods and amounts of drugs used in past executions. Private lawyers who have racked up legal fees in representing inmates in th...
A Jordanian military judge has sentenced to death a former mosque prayer leader who gunned down an outspoken writer on the steps of a courthouse earlier this year.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two Nevada Democrats want their fellow lawmakers this spring to abolish Nevada's death penalty, which hasn't been carried out since 2006 and is likely to get rarer as the state struggles to replenish its supply of execution drugs. Nevada has 81 people on death row and no planned executions, although a prisoner named Scott Dozier submitted a request to a judge on Oct. 31 ...
Convicted murderer Dylann Roof will not ask jurors to take his mental health into consideration next month during the death penalty phase of his trial for killing nine black churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina.
White supremacist Dylann Roof's conviction on federal hate crimes in the Charleston church massacre sets him up to be the first person to face back-to-back federal and state death sentences since the United States reinstated the death penalty at the national level in 1988.
Malcolm Graham, the brother of one of the Charleston shooting victims, called for Dylann Roof to receive the death penalty Friday.
DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Delaware Supreme Court ruling earlier this year declaring the state's death penalty law unconstitutional is retroactive, meaning an inmate convicted of killing a police officer must be resentenced to life in prison, the justices said in a follow-up decision Thursday. In August, a majority of the justices said Delaware's death penalty law was unconstitutional because ...
DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware Supreme Court says ruling declaring death penalty law unconstitutional retroactive; inmate must be resentenced.
Over the last week, prosecutors have presented a mass of evidence in the federal death penalty case against Dylann Roof, the white supremacist charged with fatally shooting nine black worshipers at a Charleston, S.C., Bible study class.
In the case of a Florida man, the justice urged the court to reconsider the use of the penalty, which he said was unreliable and shot through with racism.
It takes the votes of five justices to halt an execution, a practice that seemed to be on the upswing. But an Alabama execution last week illuminated the court's inconsistent approach.
Roman Catholic churches in Manila on Sunday read a prayer against Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's plans to re-impose the death penalty on heinous crimes, including drug-related offences.
Family members of victims killed in the 2011 Seal Beach salon shooting rampage have called on the California attorney general's office to accept the convicted killer's guilty plea in exchange for a punishment of life in prison without the possibility of parole, hoping to expedite a case that has languished for years.
The attorneys defending Dylann Roof in the Charleston church shooting trial are largely conceding his guilt in the shooting deaths of nine black parishioners at Emanuel AME Church. Their attention is on keeping their client out of the death chamber.
Enter your email to get updates on this discussion.