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An Oklahoma grand jury investigating botched execution procedures issued a blistering report on Thursday documenting a top-to-bottom failure to ensure the correct lethal injection drugs would be used.

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

Judge KOs Montana's Lethal-Injection Plans

Texas Executes Juan Garcia, 11th Inmate of Year

All Oklahoma Executions on Hold After 'Crazy' Drug Snafu

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

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

Oklahoma Governor Halts Richard Glossip Execution at Last Minute

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

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

Texas Executes Killer Manuel Vasquez With One of Last Two Doses

Dearth Row: Texas Prisons Scrambling to Find More Execution Drug

Kelly Gissendaner Left Message for Kids Before Execution Was Postponed

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

Supreme Court Halts Oklahoma Execution of Richard Glossip, Two Others

Georgia Executes Warren Lee Hill Despite Low IQ Claim

Oklahoma Asks Supreme Court to Delay Three Executions

Why the Supreme Court Is Acting on the Oklahoma Lethal Injections Case

Supreme Court To Take Up Lethal Injections With Oklahoma Case

Texas Executes Man Convicted of Killing 3 in San Antonio

Oklahoma Executes Charles Warner in First Lethal Injection Since Botch

Oklahoma Execution: Baby's Mom Says Killer Charles Warner Should Live

Oklahoma's First Execution Since Botch Heads to Supreme Court

Oklahoma Ready to Execute Nine Months After Botch

Ohio Scraps Drugs Used in Troubling Lethal Injection

Judge: Oklahoma Can Proceed With Lethal Injections

Number of Death Sentences and Executions Hit New Lows

Missouri Sets State Execution Record After Putting Paul Goodwin to Death

Georgia Executes Robert Holsey After Supreme Court Denies IQ Appeal

Cop-Killer Robert Holsey, Who Had Alcoholic Lawyer, Faces Execution

Execution of 'Delusional' Death Row Inmate Scott Panetti Halted

'Delusional' Killer Scott Panetti Asks Supreme Court to Halt Execution

Texas to Execute Inmate Scott Panetti Who Lawyers Say Is Delusional

Utah Proposes Firing Squad for Executions

Florida Man Executed for Stepdaughter's Slaying

'Delusional' Killer Scott Panetti Asks Texas to Delay Execution

Execution Date Set for 'Delusional' Murderer Scott Panetti in Texas

Drug Maker Mylan Takes $70 Million Hit in Battle Over Lethal Injection

Lawsuit Calls Oklahoma Inmate's Execution 'Torture'


Oklahoma Unveils Revamped Death Chamber After Botched Execution

Alabama Death-Row Inmate Challenges Untested Lethal Injection

Oklahoma Unveils New Execution Rules After Botched Injection

Billy Ray Irick, Killer Who Could Face Electric Chair, Wins Reprieve

Texas Executes Woman for Starvation of Boy, 9

Willie Trottie, Texas Double-Murderer, Executed

Missouri Executes Earl Ringo, Convicted of Killing Two in 1998

Missouri Fights Lethal Injection Suit on Eve of Earl Ringo Execution

Oklahoma to Upgrade Execution Chamber After Clayton Lockett Death

Ohio to Resume Executions After Year-Long Delay

Problems With IV Line Affected Botched Oklahoma Execution: Report

Autopsy Says Drugs Killed Clayton Lockett in Oklahoma Execution