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  • Suge Knight Wrongful Death Case Ends in Mistrial

    06/27/2022 3:37:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Billboard ^ | 06/22/2022 | Rania Aniftos
    The case stems from an incident on the set of the 2015 film 'Straight Outta Compton.'A civil trial in the wrongful death lawsuit filed against Suge Knight stemming from a 2015 incident ended in a mistrial on Wednesday (June 22). The jurors were deadlocked seven to five in favor of the plaintiffs, the Los Angeles Times reports. Their inability to come to a conclusion led to the mistrial decision. The case stems from an incident on the set of the 2015 film Straight Outta Compton involving Knight and two men, Terry Carter and Cle “Bone” Sloan. The men reportedly got...
  • Arizona Executes Inmate for 1984 Killing of 8-Year-Old Girl

    06/09/2022 3:29:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 93 replies
    An Arizona man convicted of murder in the 1984 killing of an 8-year-old girl was put to death Wednesday in the state’s second execution since officials resumed carrying out the death penalty in May following a nearly eight-year hiatus. Frank Atwood, 66, died by lethal injection at the state prison in Florence for his murder conviction in the killing of Vicki Hoskinson, whose body was found in the desert, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said in a statement. Vicki went missing months earlier after leaving her home in Tucson to drop a birthday card in a nearby mailbox.
  • Tennessee governor Bill Lee calls off execution of Oscar Smith, state's oldest death row inmate

    04/21/2022 9:40:52 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    CBS News ^ | APRIL 21, 2022
    Tennessee's governor on Thursday called off what was to have been the state's first execution since the start of the pandemic, granting a temporary reprieve to the oldest inmate on death row for what was called an "oversight" in preparations for the lethal injection. Republican Gov. Bill Lee didn't elaborate on what issue forced the surprise 11th-hour stop to the planned execution of 72-year-old Oscar Smith. The inmate was to have received a three-drug injection only a short while later in the evening at a Nashville maximum security prison. "Due to an oversight in preparation for lethal injection, the scheduled...
  • Firing-squad executions get the greenlight in South Carolina

    03/18/2022 8:37:05 PM PDT · by blueplum · 15 replies
    AP ^ | 17 Mar 2022 | MEG KINNARD
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — ​​South Carolina has given the greenlight to firing-squad executions, a method codified into state law last year after a decade-long pause in carrying out death sentences because of the state’s inability to procure lethal injection drugs... ...Lawmakers set about tweaking state law to get around the lethal injection drug situation. Legislation that went into effect in May made the electric chair the state’s primary means of execution while giving inmates the option of choosing death by firing squad or lethal injection, if those methods are available....
  • Newsom to dismantle San Quentin death row, turn space into 'positive, healing environment'

    01/31/2022 5:33:51 PM PST · by Deo volente · 30 replies ^ | January 31, 2022 | Don Thompson
    SACRAMENTO -- California Gov. Gavin Newsom, who three years ago placed a moratorium on executions, now is moving to dismantle the nation's largest death row by moving all condemned inmates to other prisons within two years. The goal is to turn the section at San Quentin State Prison into a "positive, healing environment." "We are starting the process of closing death row to repurpose and transform the current housing units into something innovative and anchored in rehabilitation," corrections department spokeswoman Vicky Waters told The Associated Press.
  • Japan hangs 3 inmates for "extremely ghastly" crimes in first executions since 2019

    12/21/2021 2:33:31 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 39 replies
    cbs ^ | DECEMBER 21, 2021
    Japan hanged three death-row inmates on Tuesday, its first executions in two years, amid growing criticism by human rights groups of the country's use of the death penalty. One of the three, Yasutaka Fujishiro, was convicted of killing seven people and setting fire to their house in 2004, while the other two, Tomoaki Takanezawa and Mitsunori Onogawa, were convicted in the 2003 killings of two pinball parlor employees. Executions are carried out in high secrecy in Japan, where prisoners are not informed of their fate until the morning they are hanged. Two death-row inmates recently filed a lawsuit against the...
  • Heart recipients' hospital has China death-row link

    03/24/2006 9:26:59 AM PST · by Calpernia · 46 replies · 2,550+ views
    The Japan Times ^ | March 24, 2006
    SHANGHAI (Kyodo) Two Japanese nationals in their 50s received heart transplants between 2001 and 2004 at a Shanghai hospital whose organs mainly come from death-row inmates, sources at a Taiwanese company that arranged the procedures said Thursday. Japan was seemingly unaware of the cases, as a survey released March 9 by the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said there were no cases of Japanese receiving heart transplants in Asia outside of Japan. Ethical and medical concerns have often been raised regarding organ transplants in China over issues that include the use of organs of prisoners on death row and uncertain...
  • Serial killer on death row Rodney Alcala dies of natural causes

    07/24/2021 5:16:45 PM PDT · by Kriggerel · 33 replies
    BBC ^ | July 24, 2021 | BBC
    A man sentenced to death in the US state of California for murdering a 12-year-old girl and four other women has died of natural causes, officials say. Rodney Alcala, 77, died at a hospital near California's Corcoran state prison in the early hours of Saturday. Alcala, who was known as the "Dating Game Killer" after taking part in a US TV show, was convicted in 2010. As well as the California killings, he had also pleaded guilty to the murders of two other women in New York.
  • South Carolina Governor Signs Law Giving Death Row Inmates Option Between Firing Squad or Electric Chair

    05/17/2021 5:41:28 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | 05/17/2021 | Lorenz Duchamps
    South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster signed a bill into law over the weekend that would require death row inmates to choose their execution method if lethal injections are not available in the state.The measure will allow the state to restart executions after nearly a decade-long pause, adding firing squads as an alternative method. A bipartisan group of lawmakers pushed the bill forward earlier this year and voted 32–11 in favor on March 2.According to the new law, death row inmates will have to choose between the electric chair or the newly formed firing squad. The state Senate bill will keep...
  • Supreme Court Rules Favorably Toward Inmate Requesting Priest at Execution

    01/27/2021 6:03:45 PM PST · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 1/25/21 | Staff
    Washington D.C., Jan 25, 2021 / 12:55 pm MT (CNA).- The Supreme Court on Monday ruled favorably toward a Catholic death row inmate requesting the presence of a priest at his execution. In a set of orders released on Monday morning, the court vacated a ruling of the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court against Ruben Gutierrez, a Catholic death row inmate in Texas challenging the state’s prohibition of chaplains at executions. In addition to vacating the Fifth Circuit Court ruling, the Supreme Court also sent Gutierrez’s case back to lower courts for reconsideration, in light of findings by a district court...
  • Death row inmate who survived execution attempt dies; COVID suspected

    12/30/2020 9:20:52 AM PST · by BraveMan · 31 replies
    Associated Press (via Fox 6 Wisconsin) ^ | 12/30/2020 | Andrew Welsh-Huggins
    COLUMBUS, Ohio - An Ohio death row inmate who survived an attempt to execute him by lethal injection in 2009 died Monday of possible complications of COVID-19, the state prisons system said. At the time of the 2009 procedure, condemned prisoner Romell Broom was only the second inmate nationally to survive an execution after they began in modern times. Broom, 64, has been placed on the "COVID probable list" maintained by the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, spokesperson Sara French said Tuesday. Inmates on that list are suspected to have died of COVID-19, pending a death certificate, she said.
  • Judge may delay execution of the only woman on federal death row

    12/25/2020 1:43:54 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 25, 2020 | Emily Jacobs
    A judge may force the Trump administration’s Justice Department to schedule the only woman on federal death row’s execution for when after President-elect Biden takes office. US District Court Judge Randolph Moss told lawyers representing Lisa Montgomery and the Justice Department that he was vacating an order from the Bureau of Prisons director rescheduling the execution for Jan. 12. That date was set by Moss in November, after Montgomery’s attorneys contracted coronavirus and asked for an extension in order to file a clemency petition.
  • Covid-19 claims two more death row inmates at San Quentin

    07/03/2020 10:49:08 PM PDT · by KingofZion · 42 replies
    SFgate ^ | July 3, 2020 | Bay City News Service
    Two San Quentin Prison death row inmates died Friday from what appear to be complications related to the COVID-19 coronavirus, according to a statement from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. There have been at least three death row inmates at the prison who have died of the virus since June 24. Scott Thomas Erskine, 57, had been on California's death row since 2004, and Manuel Machado Alvarez, 59, had been on death row since 1989, both died on July 3, 2020, at outside hospitals. A third death row inmate at San Quentin, Richard Stitely, 71, died June 24...
  • Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding Today’s Supreme Court Denial of Appeal from Four Death Row Inmates

    07/01/2020 9:10:59 AM PDT · by ransomnote · 23 replies ^ | June 29, 2020 | White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany
    The Supreme Court today rightly rejected yet another attempt by four death row inmates to escape justice. These four men each stand convicted of horrendous acts of violence — including the brutal rape and murder of children. Each criminal was first convicted and sentenced for their offenses more than fifteen years ago. Thanks to the leadership of Attorney General Barr, the families and communities of the victims will finally receive some long-overdue justice. The White House
  • ‘Grim Sleeper’ Lonnie Franklin, serial killer who preyed on South L.A. women for 2 decades, dies on death row

    03/29/2020 5:40:36 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    KTLA ^ | 03/29/2020
    Lonnie Franklin, the convicted serial killer known as the “Grim Sleeper” who preyed on the women of South Los Angeles for more than two decades, has died in prison. He was 67. California corrections officials said Franklin was found unresponsive in his cell at San Quentin State Prison on Saturday evening. An autopsy will determine the cause of death; however, there were no signs of trauma, corrections spokeswoman Terry Thornton said in a statement. Franklin had been on death row since August 2016 for the deaths of nine women and a teenage girl. Franklin was linked at trial to 14...
  • ‘Grim Sleeper’ Serial Killer Dies on Death Row

    03/29/2020 3:58:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Lonnie David Franklin Jr., who killed at least 10 people between 1985 and 2007 -- mainly in the South Los Angeles area -- has died at the age of 67, officials at San Quentin State Prison said Sunday. Franklin, who was sentenced to death in Los Angeles in 2016, was found unresponsive in his cell at about 7:20 p.m. Saturday. “Medical assistance was rendered and an ambulance was summoned. Franklin was pronounced deceased at 7:43 p.m. His cause of death is pending the results of an autopsy; however, there were no signs of trauma,” prison officials said. Local Local news...
  • Mass shooter Dylann Roof staged death row Hunger Strike, claiming 'harsh' treatment

    02/27/2020 8:27:19 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 63 replies
    <p>White supremacist mass murderer Dylann Roof staged a hunger strike this month while on federal death row, alleging in letters to The Associated Press that he’s been “targeted by staff,” “verbally harassed and abused without cause” and “treated disproportionately harsh.”</p>
  • Death is Not the Answer

    02/22/2020 3:28:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 108 replies ^ | February 22, 2020 | Kathryn Lopez
    He killed his grandmother. And he did so brutally, dumping her in the water before she was even dead, if the coroner is correct that her cause of death was drowning. He killed two others -- all evil acts. And then once in prison, he managed to kill a fellow inmate. So, I get why the governor of Tennessee refused to grant Nick Sutton clemency when the time came for his execution and final appeals. But no one was asking for the man to be released. Instead, people -- including prison staff and the sister of the inmate he killed...
  • Texas man who killed his family apologizes, thanks in-laws for their forgiveness before execution

    02/07/2020 7:00:30 AM PST · by FourtySeven · 38 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 7, 2020 | Brie Stimson
    A Texas man who murdered five family members, including his 7-year-old and 9-month-old daughters, apologized to his in-laws and thanked his father and Jesus for turning around his life before he was executed Thursday evening. Abel Revill Ochoa, 47, was denied his last appeal an hour before his execution by lethal injection 18 years after he shot his wife, Cecilia, two daughters, Crystal and Anahi, his father-in-law, Bartolo, and his sisters-in-law Alma and Jackie with a handgun. Alma was the only one who survived. He shot his eldest daughter, Crystal, four times, the Houston Chronicle reported “ I would like to thank God, my dad,...
  • On Death Row For a Murder he Did Not Commit

    12/09/2019 5:47:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 34 replies ^ | December 9, 2019 | Rachel Alexander
    We often hear about inmates on death row who are exonerated after years behind bars, usually because the prosecution made procedural errors, or there wasn’t any DNA evidence to convincingly prove the person committed the crime. But what if it was made clear at the trial that someone else committed the murder, not the guy sentenced to death row? Patrick Bearup has been sitting behind bars for almost 17 years, sentenced to death for a murder he did not commit. He fell in with some bad people in his 20s. They told him to accompany them to the house of...