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January 4, 2023, 10:13 AM

Missouri inmate Amber McLaughlin executed: Report

Amber McLaughlin is believed to be the first trans person to be executed in the U.S. and the first person executed in 2023, according to Death Penalty Information Center.
January 4, 2023, 10:13 AM
Missouri inmate Amber McLaughlin executed: Report
January 3, 2023, 8:05 PM

Transgender Missouri inmate scheduled to be executed Tuesday

Nearly 1,600 death row inmates have been put to death in the U.S. since 1977, but an execution scheduled in Missouri will be the first involving a transgender woman
January 3, 2023, 8:05 PM
Transgender Missouri inmate scheduled to be executed Tuesday
1 month ago

Report: Executions continued decline but many 'botched'

An annual report on capital punishment says public support and use of the death penalty continued a more than two-decade decline in the U.S. in 2022
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Report: Executions continued decline but many 'botched'
2 months ago

Police honored with Congressional Gold Medal for Jan. 6

Leadership from the House and Senate awarded the Capitol Police and the Metropolitan Police Department with Congress' highest honor.
2 months ago
Police honored with Congressional Gold Medal for Jan. 6
2 months ago

Attorneys: 'Botched' execution caused pain and torture

Attorneys say Alabama inmate was "subjected to ever-escalating levels of pain."
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Missouri Supreme Court weighs fate of death row inmate

Attorneys for a Black man say he might not be facing execution if he were white.
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Alabama pausing executions after 3rd failed lethal injection

Alabama Gov. Ivey orders a “top-to-bottom” review of capital punishment system.
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Oklahoma executes man for 1993 killing of 3-year-old boy

Oklahoma has executed a man for the torture killing of his girlfriend’s 3-year-old son in 1993
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Oklahoma executes man for 1993 killing of 3-year-old boy
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Court clears way for Alabama to execute man in 1988 murder

Kenneth Eugene Smith is scheduled to receive a lethal injection.
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Alabama execution set in murder-for-hire of preacher's wife
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Oklahoma executes man for 1993 killing of 3-year-old boy

Richard Stephen Fairchild is set to receive a lethal injection.
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Oklahoma prepares to execute man for 3-year-old's killing
3 months ago

Texas man executed for 2003 strangling death of his mother

Texas has executed an inmate for killing his mother and burying her body in her backyard nearly 20 years ago
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Texas to execute man for killing mother nearly 20 years ago
9 months ago

Texas halts Melissa Lucio's execution, court to consider new evidence

The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles will review Melissa Lucio's death sentence and make a recommendation to Gov. Greg Abbott. Her execution is set for April 27.
9 months ago
Texas halts Melissa Lucio's execution, court to consider new evidence
9 months ago

Fight for Melissa Lucio's exoneration continues after stay of execution granted

Melissa Lucio was convicted of murdering her 2-year-old daughter in 2008. Her case has gained national attention as her family and legal team fought for clemency.
9 months ago
Fight for Melissa Lucio's exoneration continues after stay of execution granted
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Stay issued on execution of Melissa Lucio two days before she was set to face death

Melissa Lucio was convicted of capital murder in 2008 in the death of her 2-year-old daughter. Advocates say the case was mismanaged and that crucial parts of evidence were never presented.
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Stay issued on execution of Melissa Lucio two days before she was set to face death
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What to know about Texas death row inmate Melissa Lucio's case

Melissa Lucio was found guilty of capital murder in the death of her two year old daughter in 2007. She has been in death row for the past 15 years.
9 months ago
Melissa Lucio faces execution in Texas as supporters seek clemency
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Texas pastor on Supreme Court death chamber case: What's the harm of prayer, touch?

John Ramirez is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to allow his Baptist pastor inside a Texas death chamber to pray aloud and lay a hand on his body as he's executed.
1 year ago
Texas pastor on Supreme Court death chamber case: What's the harm of prayer, touch?
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Wyoming considering repeal of death penalty

Legislators in Wyoming have introduced a bill to end he state's use of capital punishment.
2 years ago
Wyoming considering repeal of death penalty
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US schedules 1st federal execution of woman in nearly 70 years

The U.S. Department of Justice has scheduled the first federal execution of a woman in nearly seven decades.
2 years ago
US schedules 1st federal execution of woman in nearly 70 years