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Fults 'accepted a final prayer and declined to make a final statement,' officials said.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe wants to protect the identity of those who supply lethal injection drugs.
Joshua Bishop is scheduled to die at 7 p.m. Thursday at the state prison in Jackson by injection of the barbiturate pentobarbital.
Death-row inmate Romell Broom failed to convince the court it would be double jeopardy.
It's unclear if Gov. Terry McAuliffe will sign the bill passed by the state Senate on Monday.
The ruling singles out judicial overrides of jury recommendations of life in prison as contrary to the Constitution.
Travis Hittson, 45, is scheduled to receive an injection of the barbiturate pentobarbital at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the state prison in Jackson.
A federal appeals court on Tuesday refused to hear a stay for an appeal that sought to challenge a state law keeping drug makers secret.
Bolin, 53, had a last meal of rib-eye steak, baked potato, lemon meringue pie and Coca-Cola. He was convicted of killing three women.
Oscar Ray Bolin is scheduled to be executed in Florida on Thursday.
There were 28 inmates put to death in the U.S. in 2015, and new death sentences also declined.
Patton had been on the job a few months when the execution of inmate Clayton Lockett was botched in April 2014.
Raphael Holiday, 36, was convicted of setting a fire that killed his 18-month-old daughter and her two young half-sisters. He denied it.
Prison officials said alcohol is contraband.
The state's proposal includes two drugs never before used as lethal injections.
The stay was granted while attorneys for Ernest Johnson, who killed three people with a claw hammer in 1994, appeals an earlier ruling.
Anita Trammell is retiring days after she testified before a grand jury investigating troubled executions.
Ernest Johnson's lawyers say a medical condition will make lethal injection too painful for him.
Federal agents stopped the shipment at the Phoenix airport, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.
The state has been unable to obtain lethal injection drugs.
Licho Escamilla was 19 when he shot an off-duty officer trying to break up a brawl in 2001, and then shot the officer in the head as he was prone.
An autopsy report shows the state used potassium acetate instead of potassium chloride to kill Charles Warner.
The court found the state's protocol was out of line with its death-penalty statute.
Juan Garcia shot a former missionary while stealing just $8. He was pronounced dead at 6:26 p.m. CT. Tuesday.
The prison received the wrong drug for the lethal injection of Richard Glossip.
Alfredo Prieto was executed in Virginia Thursday night for shooting two people and killing a teenage girl in California nearly three decades ago.
Convicted murderer Kelly Gissendaner made two statements before she was executed at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, Georg
A federal judge has temporarily blocked the lethal injection of Alfredo Prieto.
She said last-minute questions were raised about the state's lethal injection protocol.
A parole board decided Tuesday not to commute the death sentence of Kelly Renee Gissendaner.
Kelly Gissendaner is scheduled to be executed in Georgia Tuesday for the 1997 murder of her husband.
Texas says it supplied three vials of pentobarbital, but won't disclose where the drugs came from.
Kelly Renee Gissendaner's last lethal injection was called off because of cloudy drugs.
Richard Glossip was hours away from a lethal injection when an appeals court issued a two-week stay of execution.
Sister Helen Prejean has agreed to accompany Richard Glossip to his execution, scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.
Two Death Row inmates argued that the state's lethal injection protocol is "chemical torture."
Daniel Lee Lopez, 27, wrote letters to a federal judge and pleaded for his execution to move forward for the 2009 death of a police lieutenant.
The trio challenged the state's lethal injection formula but lost at the U.S. Supreme Court a week ago.
Four justices spoke as the decision was announced, the most in recent memory
Gregory Russeau was executed Thursday evening for the slaying of a 75-year-old auto repair shop owner 14 years ago during a crack cocaine binge.
Richard Strong, 48, was convicted in the killings of Eva Washington and her daughter, Zandrea Thomas, more than 14 years ago.
Lester Bower, executed Wednesday, is the oldest prisoner put to death in Texas since the state resumed capital punishment in 1982.
Lester Bower Jr. faces lethal injection for the 1983 fatal shootings at an airplane hangar on a ranch near Sherman, about 60 miles north of Dallas.
If that vote holds in a veto override, Nebraska would become the first conservative state to repeal the death penalty since 1973.
The case out of Oklahoma centers on a claim that one lethal injection drug is too painful.
The gas would be used if lethal injection was ruled unconstitutional or the drugs were unavailable.
Georgia officials say their internal review found the drugs were not "adulterated" and they can fix the problem.
Manuel Garza Jr. said he was sorry for causing pain to his family, friends and "especially police officers" before he was put to death Wednesday.
Lawyers for Andre Cole said he was mentally unfit for execution and should be given a competency hearing, and raised issue with the all-white jury.
One of the longest serving Alabama death row inmates will walk free on Friday after a judge dismissed the capital murder charges against him.
Texas used one of its two remaining doses of an execution drug to kill Manuel Vasquez, a Mexican Mafia hitman, on Wednesday evening.
Texas' prison agency is scrambling replenish its inventory of execution drugs, which will be used up after two lethal injections scheduled this month.
Kelly Gissendaner made the statement a couple of hours before her scheduled lethal injection, which was eventually called off.
There are about 750 people on California's death row but no one has gotten a lethal injection since 2006.
Akorn Pharmaceuticals follows other manufacturers of midazolam in refusing to let their wares be used for lethal injections.
Jerry Correll was due to be executed Thursday but got a reprieve until the high court decides if the lethal injection drugs are legal.
Bills pushing for backups to lethal injection have been making progress in state legislatures.
Missouri executed convicted killer Walter Storey just after midnight Wednesday, officials said.
The move delays the six executions scheduled for 2015 until 2016, as it tries to find new drugs it plans to use to put inmates to death.
Ladd, 57, beat a woman with a hammer, strangled her, and set her on fire in 1996 — while he was on parole for killing three others.
The men's lethal injections were put on hold until the justices hear a challenge to the drugs the state uses.
Georgia has the strictest standard in the U.S. for proving intellectual disability. Walter Hill was sentenced to death for killing an inmate in 1990.
The high court has agreed to hear a challenge to the state's method of lethal injection.
In the wake of a botched execution in Oklahoma, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case brought by three death row inmates on lethal injection.
It's the first time the high court has taken up such a case since it rejected a challenge to lethal injections in 2008.
Asked by the warden if he had a final statement, Arnold Prieto replied: "There are no endings, only beginnings. Love y'all. See you soon."
Charles Warner was the first inmate put to death by Oklahoma since the botched April 29 lethal injection of Clayton Lockett.
Charles Warner is set to be the first Oklahoma inmate put to death since a botched execution in April, but his victim's mom says he should live.
Charles Warner was supposed to be executed in April but got a last-minute reprieve after Clayton Lockett's injection was bungled.
The state plans kill Charles Warner with a cocktail that includes the controversial sedative midazolam, which Ohio has just dropped.
The state said at least one execution will be delayed while it tries to get different drugs which are harder to secure.
Twenty-one Oklahoma death row inmates had argued that the use of the sedative midazolam would subject them to cruel and unusual punishment.
Botched procedures and exonerations are behind the slide, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.
A Missouri inmate was put to death early Wednesday for fatally beating a 63-year-old woman with a hammer in 1998.
Death-row inmate Robert Holsey was executed in Georgia Tuesday evening.
Robert Holsey, who was found guilty of murdering a deputy, was denied clemency a day before his scheduled lethal injection in Georgia.
Scott Panetti's lawyers say he is too mentally ill to be put to death.
Scott Panetti represented himself at trial, sporting a dime-store cowboy suit and trying to subpoena the Pope.
Scott Panetti, who was convicted of capital murder in 1995, is set to die by lethal injection on Dec. 3.
The proposal from Republican Rep. Paul Ray is designed to avoid some of the legal challenges in the wake of new drug combinations.
Chadwick Banks, 43, was pronounced dead at 7:27 p.m. He was convicted in the 1992 death of 10-year-old Melody Cooper.
Lawyers say it's been seven years since Scott Panetti had a competency hearing.
Scott Panetti's lawyers say he's so mentally ill he thinks the devil is making the state put him to death.
A German company pulled its investment in Mylan, which makes a drug Alabama wants to use in executions.
The suit, filed on behalf of Clayton Lockett, a rapist and murderer who took 43 minutes to die, seeks damages for pain and suffering.
Prison officials unveiled the renovated death chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary on Thursday.
Convicted murderer Christopher Price says a three-drug cocktail will cause excruciating pain.
The new protocols come after an inmate writhed and moaned for 43 minutes as he was being executed in April, a case that drew criticism.
Billy Ray Irick was slated for an Oct. 7 execution, but Tennessee's highest court has put that on hold.
Lisa Coleman is scheduled to die Wednesday evening. She would be the 15th woman executed in the U.S. since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976.
Willie Trottie, 45, was sentenced to death for gunning down his ex-girlfriend and her brother in 1993.
Earl Ringo Jr. was put to death by lethal injection at 12:31 a.m. Wednesday for killing two people while robbing a Columbia restaurant in 1998.
A federal appeals court is set to hear arguments hours before one of the plaintiffs is scheduled to be put to death.
Among the improvements will be a new tool to help the lethal-injection team find suitable veins.
The first death-row inmate scheduled for a lethal injection is Ronald Phillips. He is one of 10 inmates scheduled to die after a year-long moratorium.
A review of an Oklahoma execution that was halted midway through says an improperly monitored IV line likely caused problems in administering three lethal drugs.
A jail official had claimed Clayton Lockett died of a heart attack after the execution was halted, but the autopsy says the injection was lethal.
A federal suit filed in Oklahoma argues witnesses should be allowed to watch lethal injections from start to finish.
Eleven condemned prisoners say the state's new backup method for executions could cause excruciating pain.
Missouri executes convicted killer and rapist Michael Worthington early Wednesday morning, the first lethal injection since one went awry in Arizona.