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Judge Won't Block Executions of Two Arkansas Inmates

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Arkansas Inmates Ask U.S. Supreme Court to Block Remaining Executions

After Arkansas Execution Blocked, Victim's Daughter Still Wants Justice

Arkansas Executions: What's Next for the State's Push to Execute a Record Number of Inmates

U.S. Supreme Court Denies Arkansas Request to Begin Executions

Arkansas Judge Barred From Ruling on Executions After Showing Up at Protest

Arkansas Plans Execution for at Least One Man Monday, Despite Legal Hurdles

Tense Easter Sunday in Arkansas as State Fights for Executions

Arkansas Attorney General Works to Dismantle Roadblocks to Executions

Arkansas Executions: Federal Judge Halts Scheduled Executions, State Appeals

Arkansas Executions: First Two Men Scheduled to Die Push for Delay

Lawyers Desperate to Stall Arkansas' Spate of Executions as Victims' Families Hope for Closure

Arkansas Executions: Damien Echols, Ex-Death Row Inmate, Will Speak for Condemned

Arkansas Executions: Judge Blocks 1, Won't Stop 7 Others Set for 10-Day Span

Arkansas Executions: Parole Board Urges Mercy for One of Eight Condemned to Die in Ten Days

Speedy Execution Pace Is Unconstitutional, Arkansas Inmates Claim in New Suit

Arkansas Faces Another Hurdle in Upcoming 8 Executions — Finding Witnesses

Why Arkansas Plans to Execute a Historic Number of Inmates in a Span of 10 Days

Texas Executes Man in Murder-for-Hire Scheme

Ohio Gov. Kasich Postpones Eight Executions Amid Legal Battle

Judge: Ohio Lethal Injections Might Be Too Painful

Virginia Executes Ricky Gray for Virginia Family Murders

Texas Executes Convicted Killer in First U.S. Execution of 2017

Supreme Court Refuses to Block Execution of Texas Killer Christopher Wilkins

U.S. Military Could Execute Ex-Soldier for First Time Since 1961

Death Sentences Drop to 40-Year Low, Report Finds

Alabama Inmate Coughs, Heaves During Execution, Putting Spotlight on Sedative

Alabama Inmate Coughs, Heaves 13 Minutes Into Execution

Georgia Executes Inmate Who Refused to Appeal Case

Supreme Court Delays Inmate Tommy Arthur's Seventh Execution Date

Convicted Killer Who Dropped Appeals Executed in Texas

Texas Inmate Barney Fuller Not Challenging His Execution

Ohio to Resume Lethal Injections After Three-Year Pause

Ohio Inmate Romell Brown Who Survived 2009 Execution Appeals to High Court

Missouri Death Row Inmate Ernest Lee Johnson Suggests Nitrogen Gas Execution

'Careless and Cavalier': Grand Jury Issues Scathing Report on Botched Oklahoma Executions

Pfizer Blocks Use of Its Drugs for Lethal Injections

Alabama Delays Execution of Cop Killer Vernon Madison by Lethal Injection

Georgia Executes Man Who Killed Teen Neighbor Girl During 1996 Burglary

Virginia Gov Opts for Drug Secrecy Over Electric Chair

Georgia Executes Man for Fatal Beating in 1994

Court OKs Ohio Do-Over of Failed Lethal Injection of Romell Broom

Virginia Pols Vote to Force Prisoners to Electric Chair

Alabama Judge Finds Death Sentence Process Unconstitutional

Georgia to Execute Ex-Navy Crewman Travis Hittson Who Killed Fellow Sailor

Georgia Executes Its Oldest Death Row Inmate

Florida Executes Serial Killer Oscar Ray Bolin

Mom Awaits Execution of Convicted Serial Killer Oscar Ray Bolin

Death Knell? Executions Hit Two-Decade Low

Oklahoma Prisons Boss Robert Patton Resigns Amid Probe of Botched Executions

Texas Man Executed for Fire That Killed 3 Children

Georgia Inmate Marcus Ray Johnson Denied Beer as Last Meal

California Unveils Lethal Injection Plan After Long Execution Delay

Supreme Court Stays Execution of Missouri Killer

Oklahoma Warden Who Oversaw Troubled Executions Steps Down

Death-Row Inmate Says Hole in His Brain Means He Can't Be Executed

Documents: Arizona Tried to Illegally Import Execution Drug

Ohio Scraps All Executions Until 2017 Over Drug Shortages

Texas Executes Inmate for Killing Dallas Police Officer

Autopsy Shows Oklahoma Used Wrong Drug to Execute Man in January

Texas Executes Juan Garcia, 11th Inmate of Year

Judge KOs Montana's Lethal-Injection Plans

All Oklahoma Executions on Hold After 'Crazy' Drug Snafu

Executed Serial Killer's Last Words: 'Get This Over With'


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Oklahoma Governor Halts Richard Glossip Execution at Last Minute

Drug Swap Sparks Hearing on Serial Killer Alfredo Prieto's Execution

Georgia Woman Kelly Gissendaner Sings 'Amazing Grace' During Execution

Kelly Gissendaner Gets New Shot at Clemency on Eve of Execution

Texas Shared Its Execution Drugs With Virginia

Kelly Renee Gissendaner Faces Execution Months After Escaping Death

Kelly Gissendaner Left Message for Kids Before Execution Was Postponed

Oklahoma's Execution of Richard Glossip Called Off for Two Weeks

Oklahoma's Richard Glossip Is Nun's 7th 'Dead Man Walking'

Federal Judge Suspends Executions in Mississippi

Texas Executes Inmate For Killing Officer During Chase

Execution Dates Set for Oklahoma Killers Who Lost at Supreme Court

Death Penalty Case Inflames Supreme Court Passions

Texas Man Gregory Russeau Executed for Killing Auto Mechanic in 2001

Missouri Man Executed for Deaths of Girlfriend, Her Daughter

Texas Executes 67-Year-Old in Slayings of Four Men

Inmate Lester Bower Jr. Set to Become Oldest Texas Prisoner Put to Death

Nebraska Poised to Abolish Death Penalty, Would Be First State Since 2013

Like Being 'Burned Alive'?: Execution Case Fires Up Supreme Court

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin Makes Nitrogen Gas Backup Execution Method

'Cloudy' Drugs for Kelly Gissendaner's Execution Were Kept Too Cold

Texas Executes Manuel Garza Jr. for Killing Police Officer

Missouri Executes Inmate for 1998 Killing Over Child Support

Anthony Ray Hinton, Alabama Man Who Spent 30 Years on Death Row, Has Case Dismissed

Dearth Row: Texas Prisons Scrambling to Find More Execution Drug

Texas Executes Killer Manuel Vasquez With One of Last Two Doses

Ex-NFL Star Kermit Alexander Sues to Have Family's Killer Executed

Drug-Maker Akorn Bans Sedative Midazolam For Executions

Florida Execution of Jerry Correll Put Off Until Supreme Court Rules

Firing Squad and Gas Chamber Closer to Reality in Three States

Missouri Executes Walter Storey for 1990 Break-In Murder

Ohio Delays All 2015 Executions As It Tries to Find Drugs

Texas Executes Killer Robert Ladd After Low-IQ Arguments Rejected