Death penalty controversy

FILE – This undated file photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction shows death row inmate Gary Otte, convicted of shooting two people to death in back-to-back robberies in February 1992. Ohio could be on track to resume executions at a regular pace after putting two condemned killers to death in the past three months. The state executed child killer Ronald Phillips in July and Otte on Sept. 13, 2017 in the death chamber at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville. Witnesses said Phillips did not appear to be distressed. Otte’s chest rose and fell several times over two minutes in a fashion similar to some executions in the past. Ohio went more than three years without an execution as it struggled to find a source for drugs used in lethal injection. (Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections via AP, File)
September 20, 2017 - 10:33 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge says the physical reaction of an Ohio inmate being put to death wasn't enough to stop the execution under current legal precedent governing lethal injection in the state. Judge Michael Merz also says it was likely too late for him to act by the time attorneys...
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September 13, 2017 - 11:39 am
LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on execution of a contemned Ohio killer (all times local): 11:35 a.m. An Ohio killer of two people sang a Christian hymn and quoted the Bible in the minutes before his death. The last words of Gary Otte (OH'-tee) were derived from a Bible account of Jesus Christ's...
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September 13, 2017 - 9:02 am
LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on the scheduled execution of a contemned Ohio killer (all times local): 8:55 a.m. The Ohio Supreme Court says it won't hear an appeal from a condemned killer who argues he shouldn't be put to death because of his age at the time of the crime. The court declined...
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FILE- This undated file photo provided by the Florida Department of Corrections shows Mark Asay. Florida on Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, executed Asay with an anesthetic never used before in a U.S. lethal injection, carrying out its first execution in more than 18 months on an inmate convicted of two racially motivated murders. Authorities said Asay, the first white man executed in Florida for the killing of a black man, was pronounced dead at 6:22 p.m. Thursday at the state prison in Starke. Asay received a three-drug injection that began with the anesthetic, etomidate. Asay was convicted by a jury of two racially motivated, premeditated murders in Jacksonville in 1987. (Florida Department of Corrections via AP, File)
August 24, 2017 - 10:07 pm
STARKE, Fla. (AP) — Florida on Thursday put a man to death with an anesthetic never used before in a U.S. lethal injection, carrying out its first execution in more than 18 months on an inmate convicted of two racially motivated murders. Authorities said 53-year-old Mark Asay, the first white man...
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CORRECTS EXECUTION DATE TO AUG. 24 - This undated photo provided by the Florida Department of Corrections shows Mark Asay. If his final appeals are denied, Asay is to die by lethal injection after 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017. Asay was convicted by a jury of two racially motivated, premeditated murders in Jacksonville in 1987. (Florida Department of Corrections via AP)
August 24, 2017 - 7:58 pm
STARKE, Fla. (AP) — Florida on Thursday put a man to death with an anesthetic never used before in a U.S. lethal injection, carrying out its first execution in more than 18 months on an inmate convicted of two racially motivated murders. Authorities said 53-year-old Mark Asay, the first white man...
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CORRECTS EXECUTION DATE TO AUG. 24 - This undated photo provided by the Florida Department of Corrections shows Mark Asay. If his final appeals are denied, Asay is to die by lethal injection after 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017. Asay was convicted by a jury of two racially motivated, premeditated murders in Jacksonville in 1987. (Florida Department of Corrections via AP)
August 24, 2017 - 6:52 pm
STARKE, Fla. (AP) — Florida on Thursday put a man to death with an anesthetic never used before in a U.S. lethal injection, carrying out its first execution in more than 18 months on an inmate convicted of two racially motivated murders. Authorities said 53-year-old Mark Asay, the first white man...
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FILE - This Sept. 21, 2010 file photo shows the interior of the lethal injection facility at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, Calif. The California Supreme Court upheld a ballot measure narrowly approved by voters to change the state's dysfunctional death penalty system and speed up executions. The highly anticipated ruling Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017 concerned Proposition 66, a push to "mend not end" capital punishment in California. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
August 24, 2017 - 5:15 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A voter-approved measure to speed up executions in California was upheld Thursday by the state Supreme Court, but justices rejected arguments that a provision setting a five-year limit on appeals was mandatory, raising doubts that the law will succeed in accelerating death...
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CORRECTS EXECUTION DATE TO AUG. 24 - This undated photo provided by the Florida Department of Corrections shows Mark Asay. If his final appeals are denied, Asay is to die by lethal injection after 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017. Asay was convicted by a jury of two racially motivated, premeditated murders in Jacksonville in 1987. (Florida Department of Corrections via AP)
August 24, 2017 - 4:27 pm
STARKE, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday refused to block the state's first execution in 18 months, one that also will mark the first use of the drug etomidate in a U.S. lethal injection. The court denied without comment the final appeal of Mark Asay, who is set to die after 6 p.m...
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FILE - This February 2014 file photo provided by the Missouri Department of Corrections shows death row inmate Marcellus Williams. Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens halted Williams’ scheduled execution Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, after DNA raised questions about his guilt. Williams was convicted of fatally stabbing former St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Lisha Gayle during a burglary at her suburban St. Louis home in 1998. Williams' execution was scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday. (Missouri Department of Corrections via AP, File)
August 22, 2017 - 5:05 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on Tuesday halted the scheduled execution of condemned inmate Marcellus Williams after DNA testing raised questions about whether he actually killed. Just hours before Williams was to be put to death, the Republican governor said in an email that he was...
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FILE - This February 2014 file photo provided by the Missouri Department of Corrections shows death row inmate Marcellus Williams. Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens halted Williams’ scheduled execution Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, after DNA raised questions about his guilt. Williams was convicted of fatally stabbing former St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Lisha Gayle during a burglary at her suburban St. Louis home in 1998. Williams' execution was scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday. (Missouri Department of Corrections via AP, File)
August 22, 2017 - 4:00 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on Tuesday halted the scheduled execution of condemned killer Marcellus Williams after DNA testing raised questions about whether he actually committed the crime. Just hours before Williams was to be put to death, the Republican governor said in an email...
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