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U.S. | Execution by nitrogen hypoxia doesn’t seem headed for widespread adoption as bills fall short and nitrogen producers object

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The day after Alabama carried out the first-known US execution using nitrogen gas, its attorney general sent a clear message to death penalty states that might want to follow suit: “Alabama has done it, and now so can you.” Indeed, in the weeks immediately following the January execution of Kenneth Smith, it appeared a handful of states were listening, introducing bills that would adopt the method known as nitrogen hypoxia or a similar one. Officials behind each framed the legislation as an alternative method that could help resume executions where they had long been stalled.

Florida | Six years after the Parkland school massacre, the bloodstained building will finally be demolished

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PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — The three-story building where 17 people died in the 2018 mass shooting at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School looms over campus behind a screened fence, a horrific and constant reminder to students, teachers, the victims’ families and passersby.

Missouri | Court sets execution date for man who even prosecutors say is innocent

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Marcellus Williams has been sentenced to death, despite prosecutors saying he is innocent A man who has been sentenced to death in Missouri is not guilty of the crimes he is being sentenced for, prosecutors have said. Marcellus Williams has now had his execution date set, despite the people who are prosecuting him insisting that he is innocent.

Alabama seeks to carry another nitrogen gas execution despite ongoing litigation

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Alabama is seeking to carry out another nitrogen gas execution, months after the state became the first to put a person to death with the previously untested method. The attorney general’s office on Monday asked the Alabama Supreme Court to authorize an execution date for Carey Dale Grayson, who was convicted in the 1994 killing of Vickie Deblieux in Jefferson County.

Missouri executes David Hosier

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David Hosier, who maintained innocence in 2009 murders of Angela and Rodney Gilpin, pronounced dead at 6.11pm Missouri executed a man on death row on Tuesday night, the state’s second lethal injection carried out this year.

Iran | At Least 237 Executions in 5 Months; 64 Executed in May

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Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); June 10, 2024: Iran Human Rights has recorded at least 64 executions in May and 237 executions in the first five months of 2024. According to data collected by Iran Human Rights, at least 64 people were executed in 18 different Iranian prisons and at least 237 were executed in the first five months of 2024.

Utah | Inmate has execution date set despite concerns about new lethal injection drug combination

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Taberon Dave Honie is set to be executed using a new drug in a lethal injection cocktail, which will now feature ketamine alongside the usual fentanyl and potassium chloride A murderer has had his execution date set despite growing concerns over the lethal injection drug combination to be used.

Missouri governor turns down clemency request for David Hosier

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Monday turned down a clemency request for condemned inmate David Hosier, a move that likely clears the way for his execution. Hosier, 69, faces lethal injection Tuesday for the 2009 deaths of a Jefferson City couple, Angela and Rodney Gilpin. 

Iran Commutes Sunni Cleric's Death Sentence to Life Imprisonment

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Iran's judiciary has commuted the death sentence of a Sunni cleric to a life imprisonment sentence. Iran's judiciary media outlet, Mizan News Agency, reported that Mohammad Khezrnejad's execution sentence was reduced after he "expressed remorse and commitment to good behavior" and requested an amnesty.

Pakistan | Christian Woman Arrested on Blasphemy Charges in Lahore, Sparking Fear Among Christians

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The Lahore police have arrested Jamila Jacob, a Christian woman, on charges of committing blasphemy against the Prophet Muhammad. The arrest followed an FIR filed at the North Cantonment police station, Lahore by Asif Ali, a local shopkeeper.

Idaho | Death row inmate thought he was 'in the afterlife' during botched execution attempt

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Thomas Creech, 73, was sentenced to death for fatally beating prisoner David Jensen back in 1981, but when he was wheeled into the execution chamber at Idaho Maximum Security prison in February, things didn't go to plan A death row inmate who was part of a botched execution has opened up on the harrowing ordeal.

Iran | Executions in Shiraz, Qom

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Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO); June 5, 2024: Mohammad Saeed Zohrabi, Hassan Nematollahi and Mahmoud Ghaedi were executed for drug and murder charges in Shiraz Central Prison. Three other men’s executions were postponed.

Idaho | New Death Sentence, Updates on Executions, and Lethal Injection Drug Purchase

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Media reported that the Idaho Department of Corrections had purchased three doses of pentobarbital, the drug used in lethal injections, for $100,000 On June 1, 2024, an Idaho jury sentenced Chad Daybell to death for the 2019 murders of his first wife and his second wife’s two youngest children. Mr. Daybell pleaded not guilty to multiple first-degree murder, fraud, and conspiracy charges, but after being found guilty, he chose to waive his right to present mitigating evidence during his sentencing hearing. 

Tennessee | He spent months visiting death row inmates and witnessed three executions. Here’s what he’s learned

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On August 9, 2018, Steven Hale stood outside a Tennessee prison as a convicted murderer inside awaited a lethal dose of a three-drug cocktail. It was the first execution of a death row inmate in the state in nearly a decade. Hale was one of seven reporters selected by a grim lottery to witness Billy Ray Irick’s execution at the Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville. He’d written stories about Irick’s horrific rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl more than three decades earlier.

Louisiana lawmakers approve surgical castration option for child rapists

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana judges could order surgical castration for people convicted of sex crimes against young children under legislation approved Monday, and if Republican Gov. Jeff Landry signs it into law, the state apparently would be the first with such a punishment. The GOP-controlled Legislature passed the bill giving judges the option to sentence someone to surgical castration after the person has been convicted of certain aggravated sex crimes — including rape, incest and molestation — against a child under 13.

Iran | Three Inmates Executed in Shiraz’s Adelabad Prison

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Three inmates convicted of drug offenses were executed in Adelabad Prison, Shiraz, on June 1, according to the Iran Human Rights Organization. The executed inmates have been identified as Mohammad-Saeed Zohrabi, Hassan Nematollahi, and 30-year-old Mahmoud Ghaedi.

India | Triple death penalty handed in 2019 minor’s rape and murder case

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In a landmark ruling, District Judge and Additional Sessions Judge S R Padwal has issued a triple death penalty in the harrowing case of the rape and murder of a 5-year-old girl reported in Linga village of Kalmeshwar tehsil in 2019.  Sanjay Devpuri Puri (32), the convict, faced full force of the law as Judge Padwal found him guilty under multiple sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. 

Pakistan | Christian man attacked in Sargodha mob violence over alleged blasphemy dies

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Nazir Masih was under treatment in CMH Hospital for nine days and underwent two head surgeries SARGODHA: A Christian man who became a target of an angry mob in Punjab's Sargodha district over alleged blasphemy succumbed to his injuries on Monday morning, police officials said. 

Japan Court Rejects Retrial for 1992 Murder of 2 Girls

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Fukuoka, June 5 (Jiji Press)--A Japanese court Wednesday turned down a request for a retrial for the 1992 murder of two girls in the southwestern prefecture of Fukuoka, for which a death row convict had been executed. Fukuoka District Court thus denied the second retrial request over the so-called Iizuka incident, in which two primary school first graders in the Fukuoka city of Iizuka were killed. 

Nevada death row inmate commits suicide in Ely State Prison

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A man who was sentenced to death for killing a 15-year-old girl died by suicide inside a Nevada state prison, according to the Clark County Coroner’s office. Staff at Ely State Prison found Norman Belcher, 49, unresponsive last Thursday, the 8 News Now Investigators have learned.  The cause of death was hanging, according to the Coroner’s office.

US Supreme Court reinstates death penalty for Arizona man

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By a vote of 6-3 along ideological lines, the justices ruled that a federal appeals court was wrong when it ordered post-conviction relief for Danny Lee Jones, who contended that his Sixth Amendment right to have adequate representation by his lawyer was violated during the sentencing phase of his trial. Jones was convicted and sentenced to die in 1993 for the brutal murders of three people: Robert Weaver, Weaver’s seven-year-old daughter Tisha, and Katherine Gumina, Weaver’s grandmother. Jones beat each of his victims with a baseball bat.

U.S. among top 5 using death penalty as global executions spike

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The United States ranks among the top countries using capital punishment, contributing to a worldwide surge in executions last year. That’s according to data released last week by Amnesty International, which opposes capital punishment in all cases. The London-based rights group’s annual report on the global use of the death penalty documents more than 1,100 executions in 2023.

Idaho | Man sentenced to death for killing wife and girlfriend’s 2 children

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A jury in Idaho unanimously agreed Saturday that convicted killer Chad Daybell deserves the death penalty for the gruesome murders of his wife and his girlfriend’s two youngest children, ending a grim case that began in 2019 with a search for two missing children. The prosecutors claim the case was fueled by power, sex, money and apocalyptic spiritual beliefs.

Philippines | Gvt assures all-out support for 2 convicted OFWs on Brunei death row

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MANILA – The Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) assured two overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) on death row in Brunei of the government’s continuing support. DMW Secretary Hans Leo Cacdac visited OFWs Edgar Puzon and Cyrile Tagapan at the Maraburong Prison Facility 1 in Keriam, Tutong District, Brunei Darussalam last Wednesday.

Indonesia courts continue to issue death sentences despite no executions

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In spite of its seven-year streak in not executing its death row inmates, Indonesia last year issued 114 death sentences, a report by Amnesty International has found. JAKARTA – Despite its seven-year streak in not executing any death row inmates, Indonesia last year issued 114 death sentences, a report by Amnesty International has found.