USA | The Dreadful Failure of Lethal Injection

Editor’s Note: This column is the product of a research collaboration with five Amherst College students, Mattea Denny, Nicolas Graber-Mitchell, Greene Ko, Rose Mroczka, and Lauren Pelosi. America’s death penalty continues to fall out of favor, a well-known fact. When the year started, eight executions were scheduled for February and March in five different states. But all of them are now on hold, and two of the three executions that were set for April already have been halted. While advocacy for the end of the death penalty has played some role, it is the decomposition of the lethal injection paradigm that has truly driven down execution numbers. We have now seen a decade of chaos and experimentation as death penalty jurisdictions tried to find reliable sources of drugs to carry out executions. States rolled out new drugs, but things did not go smoothly. The number of mishaps associated with lethal injection increased substantially. From 2010-2020, an already problematic method of ex

USA | Mississippi man charged with capital murder in death of one child, abuse of another

A Mississippi man already serving time for a 2014 shooting death could now face the death penalty for abusing and killing his 7-month-old daughter in 2012.

Jimmy Senter is accused of killing his daughter while abusing her.

Prentiss County officials said that although their initial investigation in 2012 led investigators to believe that Senter was responsible for the girl’s death, they did not seek charges against Senter because witnesses were not cooperative at the time.  

Since then, officials say they have received new information in the case.

Officials say the new information was obtained in an investigation into a separate child abuse charge from last year. 

Senter was accused in October 2020, along with his wife, of abusing an 8-week old child after the child was admitted to a Memphis hospital with injuries consistent with abuse.

Senter had been out of prison after being released early from aggravated assault and felony malicious mischief convictions. 

As a result of his arrest in October, Senter was sent back to prison after a circuit court judged revoked his early release. 

A judge ordered him to serve out the remaining 24 years of those sentences in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

The grand jury, which was presented evidence in the 2012 and 2020 cases, handed down indictments for capital murder and child abuse.

During his arraignment Monday morning, Senter pleaded not guilty to both charges.

District Attorney John Weddle has not said if he plans to seek the death penalty in the case.

Source: magnoliastatelive.com, Ben Hillyer, March 23, 2021

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