High Court To Examine Mental Disability, Death Penalty IssueThe U.S. Supreme Court is set to examine whether the nation's busiest state for capital punishment -- Texas -- is trying to put to death a convicted killer who's intellectually disabled.
Texas Sends Fewer To Death Row As Capital Punishment WanesTexas sent far fewer prisoners to death row in 2015, marking the lowest number of new condemned inmates since the U.S. Supreme Court upheld capital punishment nearly four decades ago.
Texas Pushes To Keep Execution Drug Source Secret Two days before Texas is set to execute its first inmate with a new batch of drugs, the state prison agency remained determined Tuesday to keep its supplier a secret, citing threats of violence to pharmacies that sell drugs used in lethal injections.
Texas Man Executed For Ambush That Killed 4 Women A former Texas street gang member has been put to death for his involvement in the fatal shootings of four women during an ambush 11 years ago. Robert Gene Garza, 30, is the 12th inmate executed this year in Texas.
Texas Inmate ExecutedA Texas inmate was executed Thursday evening for fatally shooting one of three people he and a partner abducted during a convenience store robbery nearly 11 years ago. Richard Cobb, 29, didn't deny using a 20-gauge shotgun to kill Kenneth Vandever in an East Texas field where two women also were shot and one was raped. He was convicted of capital murder.
Supreme Court Rejects Appeal, Clears Dallas Carjacker For ExecutionCondemned prisoner Yokamon Hearn is headed to the Texas death chamber after having his appeals rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Man Accused Of Setting Clerk On Fire To Face Death PenaltyDallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins will seek the death penalty against a man indicted for killing a 76-year-old convenience store clerk by setting her on fire during a robbery last month.
Judge To Hear Defense Motion In Fort Hood CaseA military judge has set a hearing for this week to consider a defense motion and other matters for an Army psychiatrist charged in the Fort Hood shooting rampage.
Convicted Dallas Murderer Roderick Harris Sentenced To DeathRoderick Harris, the 27-year-old man who was convicted earlier this month of killing two brothers during a robbery, has been sentenced to death.
Texas Death Row Inmate Seeks Appeal End, Execution A man on death row for a 2003 drug-related killing in Waco is asking to end his appeals and proceed to his execution.
Amnesty: US Ranks 5th On Global Execution ScaleAmnesty International says the United States is the only Western democracy that executed prisoners last year, even as more U.S. states are moving to abolish the death penalty.
Judge To Hear Defense Motions In Fort Hood CaseA military judge has set a hearing for this week to consider defense motions for an Army psychiatrist charged in the Fort Hood shooting rampage.