Death penalty

Texas Executes Abel Ochoa who killed his wife and children

Texas has executed Abel Ochoa, a Dallas man was executed on Thursday night for a shooting in which he killed his wife, two children and two other relatives during a drug-fuelled rage nearly 18 years ago. Prosecutors say Abel Ochoa was high on crack cocaine and looking for money to buy more drugs when he […]

Texas Executes Prisoner who murdered a Prison Officer – despite accepted false testimony from a prosecution witness

Texas officials didn’t dispute that prosecutors introduced false testimony at Travis Runnels’ 2005 capital murder trial in Amarillo. Instead, they argued the state should still execute him even if they did. Last night (Wednesday), Texas did just that, putting to death Runnels in the state’s execution chamber in Huntsville. The 46-year-old man was injected with […]

Tennessee executes 53-year-old blind inmate in the electric chair

Tennessee has put a 53-year-old blind inmate to death in the electric chair for his conviction in the 1991 killing of his estranged girlfriend. The execution of Lee Hall was only the second of a blind inmate in the US since the nation’s reinstatement of the death penalty in 1976. Prison officials say Hall was […]

Court stays executions indefinitely after wrong drugs delivered to the prison

Oklahoma’s highest criminal court has agreed to halt three upcoming executions after the state’s prison system received the wrong drug for a lethal injection this week. In a unanimous ruling, the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals granted the state’s request and issued indefinite stays of execution for Richard Glossip (left), Benjamin Cole and John Grant. […]

UK Judges to hear death penalty case

Seven UK judges are preparing to consider a case in which two convicted murderers have been sentenced to death – 46 years after capital punishment was abolished in Britain. Lord Neuberger, Lady Hale, Lord Mance, Lord Clarke, Lord Sumption, Lord Reed and Lord Toulson are today due to begin analysing legal issues raised in an […]

Botched US Execution Leaves Prisoner Writhing On Gurney

A botched execution that used a new drug combination left an Oklahoma inmate writhing on the gurney, leading prison officials to halt the proceedings before his eventual death from a heart attack. Clayton Lockett, 38, was declared unconscious 10 minutes after the first of the state’s new three-drug lethal injection combination was administered. Three minutes […]