Kevin Cooper among 737 California death row inmates spared execution today

California is the most populous state in the country and, subsequently, has a large prison population. The state is also at the top of the list when it comes to inmates on death row. Until this week, 737 inmates faced execution by lethal injection for a variety of capital offenses. But now all of that is […]

Alabama death row inmate’s botched execution ordeal (graphic)

On Feb. 22, 2018, Alabama death row inmate Doyle Lee Hamm was scheduled to die by lethal injection for killing a man. It was ironic because while in prison he received chemotherapy to save his life only to be executed by the state. Strapped onto the medical gurney, doctors searched his body for a vein; […]

Alabama man’s last words: ‘I hate you’  

We all know that love is a powerful emotion, but certainly hate can grip a person’s whole being as well. Torrey Twane McNabb, 40, showed that in great detail on Thursday, Oct. 19 when the state of Alabama put him to death. McNabb was convicted of killing Montgomery Police Cpl. Anderson Gordon III in 1997 […]

Why Arkansas is executing 8 inmates over 10 days

The state of Arkansas is giving the country a taste of the cold economics of the death penalty. Just like many Americans may dispose of food nearing its expiration date, Arkansas is facing the same reality when it comes to the expiration of drugs used in executions. The state reached the cold solution of increasing […]

Why a Black inmate wants firing squad instead of lethal injection

On New Year’s day of January 2006, Ricky Gray killed Bryan and Kathryn Harvey and their 9-year-old and 4-year-old daughters during a home invasion in Richmond, Virginia. The family was well known in the city and he was subsequently tried for their murder and received the death penalty. Gray is scheduled to die by lethal injection […]

Ohio to resume executions with experimental lethal injection combo

An understaffed U.S. Supreme Court is in session as Ohio gets ready to restart executions. The state had stopped executions in 2014 after the botched execution of  Dennis McGuire, who gasped and snorted during a 26-minute procedure using a never-before-tried two-drug combination. McGuire’s death started a debate and legal battle over the drugs used in […]

Georgia’s oldest death row inmate set to be executed tonight

The year 2016 for many on death row is just another year waiting for an injection of poison. This year may be the final year of waiting for Georgia death row inmate Brandon Astor Jones, 72. Astor was sentenced to death in 1979 for the murder of a convenience store owner in Cobb County. At […]

Utah close to bringing back firing squads to execute inmates

With the method of lethal injection being reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court after several botched executions, Utah’s House of Representatives voted last week to resume using a firing squad as a means of execution. The measure was put in place in response to the growing controversy over the effectiveness of the widely used lethal injection […]

Georgia executes black inmate using a secret drug formula

Yesterday, Georgia became the first state to execute a man since national attention was drawn to a horribly failed execution in Oklahoma. Inmate Marcus Wellons was executed by lethal injection for the rape and murder of India Roberts, age 15, as she was walking to school. Wellons abducted the girl and raped and strangled her with […]

Execution of black inmate goes horribly wrong in Oklahoma

Whether convicted felon, Clayton Lockett, deserved death is not up for debate. He was convicted of shooting Stephanie Neiman, 19, with a sawed off shotgun and then watching as she was buried alive. Neiman walked in on the four time felon as he was robbing a house in 1999. What is at issue is whether […]

Transsexual chooses to die by euthanasia after failed sex-change operation

Nathan Verhelst, 44, a transsexual in Belgium, elected to die by euthanasia on Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, because his female to male surgery turned him into a “monster.” He was allowed to end his life based on the grounds of “unbearable psychological suffering.” Nathan was born Nancy and started his transformation in 2009 with hormone […]