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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.

Missouri | Prosecutor will seek death penalty against accused North Kansas City cop killer

LIBERTY, Mo. — The Clay County Prosecutor plans to seek the death penalty for the man charged with killing North Kansas City police officer Officer Daniel Vasquez.

Joshua T. Rocha is charged in Clay County with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of 32-year-old Officer Daniel Vasquez.

Prosecutors said officer Vasquez died in August after Rocha shot him during a traffic stop. 

Investigators said Vasquez stopped Rocha’s car because of an expired temporary tag.

According to a probable cause statement, video from Vasquez’s dash camera showed Rocha opening the door of his car and immediately shooting at Vasquez. 

Rocha then got out of the car and shot Vasquez two more times after the officer fell to the street.

The video shows Rocha got back into his car and drove away, according to the court document.

Rocha pleaded not guilty to the charges in September.

The case will be tried in Clay County, but a jury from the St. Louis area will be brought in to hear the case.

The Clay County Prosecutor plans to address his decision to seek the death penalty in the case Tuesday afternoon.

Source: fox4kc.com, Staff, March 21, 2023


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