Tennessee: 2nd condemned man in weeks chooses electric chair

U.S. 11/26/18, 17:42

A Tennessee inmate set to be put to death next week has requested the electric chair and not the state's preferred method of a lethal injection, becoming the second inmate this year to make that choice as an execution date loomed.Lawyers for David Earl Miller have argued that Tennessee's midazolam-based, ...

Tennessee inmate must chose lethal injection, electric chair

U.S. 11/20/18, 05:39

Tennessee death row inmate David Earl Miller faces a Tuesday afternoon deadline to inform prison officials whether he wants to be executed by lethal injection or electrocution.Miller is scheduled to die on Dec. 6 for the 1981 murder of 23-year-old Lee Standifer in Knoxville.Lethal injection is Tennessee's preferred execution method, ...

Panel dismisses ethics charges against Arkansas justices

U.S. 11/16/18, 17:28

A disciplinary panel dismissed ethics charges Friday against the Arkansas Supreme Court's justices over their decision to prohibit a judge who participated in an anti-death penalty demonstration from hearing any execution-related cases.The Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission voted unanimously to dismiss the charges that the court's seven justices violated ...

Tennessee man’s last words in electric chair: ‘Let’s rock’

U.S. 11/01/18, 21:43

A Tennessee inmate's final words were "let's rock" moments before he became the first man executed in the electric chair in that state since 2007, put to death Thursday for shooting two men and slitting their throats during a drug deal decades ago. Edmund Zagorski, 63, was pronounced dead at 7:26 ...

Arkansas court strikes mental competency law for executions

U.S. 11/01/18, 15:27

The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a law that gives the state's prison director authority to determine whether an inmate is mentally competent to be put to death, siding with two convicted murderers who were spared from execution last year.In two 4-3 rulings, justices ruled the competency law ...

Tennessee inmate facing execution asks courts to intervene

U.S. 10/31/18, 17:40

A Tennessee inmate convicted of killing two men during a drug deal decades ago has asked the courts to halt his scheduled execution Thursday.Edmund Zagorski had requests for stays pending Wednesday afternoon before the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court.The 63-year-old inmate came within hours ...

Electric chair builder worried Tennessee execution will fail

U.S. 10/30/18, 15:58

If Tennessee electrocutes Edmund Zagorski, it will be in an electric chair built by a self-taught execution expert who is no longer welcome in the prison system. Fred Leuchter (LOOT'-cher) fell out of favor with corrections departments nationwide after he claimed there were no gas chambers at Auschwitz. It also came ...

South Dakota executes inmate who killed prison guard in 2011

U.S. 10/29/18, 23:43

A South Dakota inmate who killed a correctional officer seven years ago during a failed prison escape on the guard's 63rd birthday was put to death Monday evening, marking the state's first execution since 2012.Rodney Berget, 56, received a lethal injection of an undisclosed drug for the 2011 slaying of ...

Update: South Dakota high court rejects motions to stop execution

U.S. 10/29/18, 10:13

The Latest on the planned execution of South Dakota inmate Rodney Berget (all times local): 9:05 a.m. South Dakota's attorney general says the state Supreme Court has rejected two motions to stop the execution of a man who killed a prison guard in a failed 2011 escape attempt. Attorney General Marty Jackley says ...

Man’s lethal injection fight may lead him to electric chair

U.S. 10/23/18, 11:25

Attorneys for a Tennessee death row prisoner were trying to spare him from lethal injection and they succeeded — but not the way they hoped.Instead of getting the needle, Edmund Zagorski is scheduled to die in the electric chair on Nov. 1.His attorneys had hoped to overturn Tennessee's drug protocols ...

Pakistan executes man convicted of killing 8 children

World 10/16/18, 19:43

A man convicted of killing eight children was executed at a Pakistani prison early Wednesday after the country's top court rejected a request for his public hanging, officials said.Mohammad Imran was hanged in the eastern city of Lahore in the presence of the father of 7-year-old Zainab Ansari, whose rape ...

Death row inmate asks court to order use of electric chair

U.S. 10/10/18, 07:40

Attorneys for Tennessee death row inmate Edmund Zagorski on Wednesday asked a federal court to force the state to use the electric chair to execute him, rather than lethal injection. The court battle over his Thursday execution played out over a solemn background in which prison staff and volunteers said ...

FACT CHECK: Wolf wrong that report backs execution halt

Pennsylvania 10/09/18, 16:26

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has twice claimed recently that a state Senate report released this summer recommended continuing his moratorium on the death penalty.The Democratic governor, who has called Pennsylvania's death penalty system "ineffective, unjust and expensive," instituted the moratorium shortly after taking office in 2015, fulfilling a campaign promise. ...

Update: Tenn rejects inmate’s request for electric chair

U.S. 10/09/18, 08:44

The Latest on Thursday's scheduled execution of Tennessee inmate Edmund Zagorski (all times local):7 p.m.An attorney for a Tennessee inmate facing an execution date Thursday says the state has denied the man's request to die in the electric chair and plans to proceed with a scheduled lethal injection that day.Attorney ...

Update: Death row inmate asks for electric chair

U.S. 10/08/18, 23:42

The Latest on a Tennessee inmate set to be executed Thursday (all times local):10:20 p.m.Attorneys for a Tennessee inmate set to be executed this week say he prefers to die by electric chair, calling the method the "lesser of two evils" compared to lethal injection.Attorney Kelley Henry said Monday that ...

Tennessee Supreme Court hears lethal injection arguments

U.S. 10/03/18, 00:27

With an execution scheduled for next week, 32 death row inmates in Tennessee are asking the state's high court to declare Tennessee's lethal injection method unconstitutional.In arguments before the court on Wednesday, inmates' attorney Kelley Henry said that "unassailable science" shows Tennessee's latest three-drug cocktail will cause excruciating pain.Referencing the ...

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