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# Death Penalty

Last month
January 2023
# Death Penalty
Oklahoma executes man who murdered elderly couple almost 20 years ago
Scott Eizember, 62, was given a lethal injection at McAlester Penitentiary.
# Robert Fratta
Former Texas police officer who hired hitmen to kill wife is executed
Robert Fratta (65) was killed by lethal injection in Huntsville.
Last year
2022
# USA
US court rules 19-year-old daughter cannot witness execution of her father
Kevin Johnson was sentenced to death for the 2005 murder of a white policeman in Missouri.
# factcheck
FactCheck: Iranian protesters have been arrested & killed, but 15,000 aren't sentenced to death
Justin Trudeau helped spread the claim, but later deleted his tweet.
# Death Penalty
Alabama prison calls off lethal injection after struggling to access inmate's veins
Prison officials made the decision before last night’s midnight deadline.
# Death Penalty
Alabama executes man despite objections of victim's family
Joe Nathan James was sentenced to death in 1996 for the 1994 murder of Faith Hall.
# Nagaenthran
Singapore executes disabled Malaysian man over drugs conviction
Nagaenthran K Dharmalingam had been on death row for more than a decade after being convicted of trafficking 1.5oz of heroin into the city state.
# Singapore
Singapore court dismisses mentally disabled man's death sentence appeal
Nagaenthran K. Dharmalingam was arrested in 2009 for trafficking heroin into the city-state.
# Boston bombings
US Supreme Court reinstates death sentence for man who bombed Boston Marathon
The justices agreed that a federal appeals court was wrong to throw out the sentence of death a jury imposed on Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
All time
# Death Row
Japan executes three prisoners for first time since 2019
Japan and the US are the only members of the G7 group of developed countries that still use the death penalty.
# America
Convicted murderer executed in Missouri despite pleas for clemency
Ernest Lee Johnson, 61, was executed for the 1994 murders of three convenience store workers.
# Capital Punishment
Virginia becomes 23rd US state to abolish the death penalty
The state had previously had the second highest number of executions in the US.
# federal execution
Man executed by the US in Trump’s final days in office despite pleas for clemency
Four more federal executions are set to be carried out before Joe Biden is inaugurated next month.
# Death Penalty
US judge halts federal executions hours before resumption
The US government was expected to appeal against the decision in a bid to carry out the first such execution since 2003.
# United States
Texas resumes executions after months-long shutdown due to Covid-19
Billy Joe Wardlow, convicted for murder, was given the lethal injection yesterday evening.
# Death Penalty
Missouri executes man whose last words were to maintain his innocence
Walter Barton was convicted of murder at a fifth trial in 2006 but maintained his innocence.
# Middle East
Saudi Arabia makes move to abolish death penalty for minors
The decision follows another ordering judges to end the practice of flogging.
# Capital Punishment
Man who murdered 19 people at disability care home in Japan is sentenced to death
The court ruled that the former employee of the facility deserved no leniency.
# I-95 KILLER
Florida to execute serial killer who preyed on older, gay men along US east coast
Gary Ray Bowles left six dead over a six-month killing spree.
# Capital Punishment
The US government is to start executions again and five murderers have already been given deathdays
The executions will be carried out by a single lethal injection.
# Trial
US mother asks that ex-husband who murdered their five children be spared death penalty
Timothy Jones Jr. was convicted of five counts of murder last week.
# Lethal Injection
Alabama had to call off an execution at the last minute after it was unable to lift a court order
The bid to stop the execution centred on the inmate’s request to inhale nitrogen gas rather than face lethal injection.
# Sharia Law
'A human rights pariah': Brunei implements death by stoning for gay sex and adultery
The laws will make Brunei the first country in East or Southeast Asia to have a sharia penal code at the national level.
# Death Penalty
Temporary reprieve for more than 700 death row inmates as California suspends executions
The west-coast state hasn’t carried out an execution since 2006, but 25 inmates have exhausted all of their appeals.
# Death Penalty
Alabama executed a Muslim inmate and refused his request to have an imam in the chamber
The state had a Christian chaplain present instead.
# diplomatic tensions
'Hostage politics': Campaigners condemn death penalty for Canadian citizen in China
Robert Lloyd Schellenberg was convicted of drug smuggling.
# tennessee
Death row inmate chooses electric chair over lethal injection, second inmate to do so in last two months
Both David Earl Miller and Edmund Zagorski before him chose the electric chair over lethal injection.
# Texas
Texas executes Mexican man who killed his wife and two young children
Mexico and human rights groups have long maintained that Roberto Ramos was not informed of his legal rights.
# fentanyl
Man executed in Nebraska prison using untested lethal injection
Carey Dean Moore received a lethal concoction containing diazepam, fentanyl and potassium chloride.
# Death Penalty
UK suspends cooperation with US over fears 'The Beatles' Isis suspects could be executed
The two suspected British jihadists were captured by US-backed Syrian forces.
# Starbucks
Indonesian cleric sentenced to death over terror attack
Four people died in the attack at a Starbucks café in 2016.
# widespread outrage
India approves death penalty for people convicted of raping children under 12
Violent crime against women has been on the rise in India despite tough laws enacted in 2013.
# Death Penalty
Almost 1,000 executions were recorded last year, including beheadings and lethal injections
Most executions took place in China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Pakistan – in that order.
# Clemency
Death row prisoner who hired hitman to kill his family given last-minute reprieve
His father appealed for his life.
# Death Penalty
Florida killer yells 'murderers!' as he is put to death
Eric Scott Branch killed a 21-year-old in 1993.
# tourniquet killer
'I can feel that': First US inmate executed in 2018 claimed drug used to kill him 'burned'
Anthony Shore was put to death for raping, torturing and murdering three girls in the 1980s and 1990s.
# Malaysia
Two women accused of assassinating North Korean leader's half brother plead not guilty at start of trial
Kim Jong-nam was killed by a toxic nerve agent at Kuala Lumpur airport in Malaysia last February.
# Florida
Man put to death using new lethal injection for racist murder
Mark Asay took 10 minutes to die.
# Death Penalty
Last-minute appeals for mentally ill prisoner due to be executed tomorrow in the US
William Morva was convicted of killing a police officer and a prison guard.
# Death Row
A US prisoner will face the death penalty tonight - for the eighth time
Tommy Arthur was first sentenced to death back in 1983 for a murder he denies committing.