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Texas Mom Could Face Death Penalty After Decapitating Son

Texas Mom Could Face Death Penalty After Decapitating Son

One father in Texas returned home from work on November 30th to discover his worst nightmare. He arrived home to find his wife acting very strange. She told him that she had sent their five-year-old son “away” before eventually confessing that his body was in the trash can. Now, the fath...

Death Row Inmate Refused Choice of Electric Chair for Execution

Death Row Inmate Refused Choice of Electric Chair for Execution

USA Today reports that the state of Tennessee will not use the electric chair to execute Edmund Zagorski. Now 63 years old, he has been on death row for 34 years and is scheduled for execution this Thursday, and he requested the electric chair to be used. Zagorski murdered two men in the spring ...

Death Row Inmate’s Execution Stayed While Supreme Court Determines Competency

Death Row Inmate’s Execution Stayed While Supreme Court Determines Competency

The Associated Press reports that the U.S. Supreme Court is ready to consider the competency claim of a sick inmate in Alabama. The court will hear arguments about a man who was sentenced to death for the murder of an Alabama policeman in 1985, but he now can’t remember the crime due to post-s...

Execution Blocked After Pharmaceutical Company Objects to Use of Drug

Execution Blocked After Pharmaceutical Company Objects to Use of Drug

The Associated Press reports that a judge in Nevada blocked the execution of a death row inmate after a pharmaceutical company objected to its drug being used in an execution. Scott Raymond Dozier, 47, was nine hours from being executed when the drug was disallowed in a ruling by a Clark County...

Death Row Inmate Commits Suicide in Cell

Death Row Inmate Commits Suicide in Cell

FOX News reports that a death row inmate has committed suicide by hanging himself in his jail cell. The inmate, Jeffrey Lynn Borden, 57, was discovered in his cell in Alabama on Sunday morning. He was found at 2:30 a.m. during a security check and was hanging by a bed sheet. The death was pronounced...

CA Prosecutor Denies Request for Additional DNA Testing in Death Row Case

CA Prosecutor Denies Request for Additional DNA Testing in Death Row Case

The Associated Press reports that a California prosecutor has opposed DNA testing in a murder case from 1983. Prosecutors say previous testing proves the man on death row is the correct suspect, but defense attorneys say Kevin Cooper was framed by law enforcement. Cooper, now 60 years old, is awa...

Texas Slated to Execute Sixth Death Row Inmate This Year

Texas Slated to Execute Sixth Death Row Inmate This Year

The Houston Chronicle reports that Juan Castillo, known as the “Lovers’ Lane Killer,” is set to be executed for the 2003 Texas murder. Castillo has had three execution dates cancelled in the past year, due to a filing error, hurricane and recantation. He will now be executed on Wed...

Supreme Court Rules Death Row Inmate Should Get New Trial

Supreme Court Rules Death Row Inmate Should Get New Trial

The Associated Press reports the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that a criminal defense lawyer cannot override his client’s wish to plead innocent, even if the purpose is to avoid the death sentence for his client. Justices voted in favor 6-3 of Louisiana death row inmate Robert McCoy. McCo...

Court Denies Clemency to Death Row Inmate

Court Denies Clemency to Death Row Inmate

The Houston Chronicle reports that a man on Texas’ death row has been denied clemency in his last-minute federal appeal. He is scheduled for execution in Huntsville in less than 48 hours. Erick Davila was sentenced to death in 2009 for killing the mother of a rival gang member and a 5-...

Package Bomber to be Executed

Package Bomber to be Executed

The Associated Press reports that a man convicted of sending a package bomb to a judge and killing him 30 years ago will be put to death via lethal injection in Alabama on Thursday. Walter Leroy Moody Jr., 83, was convicted in 1996 of sending a bomb to a judge’s home because he was obsessed wi...

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