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The Texas death chamber in Huntsville, TX  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Newsmakers)

Federal Judge Halts 2 Texas Executions Over Drug Secrecy

The Texas attorney general’s office says it is appealing a federal judge’s order stopping the state from executing two condemned inmates until prison officials disclose information about the supplier of a new batch of drugs that would be used to kill them.

04/02/2014

Convicted Texas murderer Kimberly McCarthy. (credit: Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice)

Lawyers Push To Stay Execution Of North Texas Woman

Defense lawyers have made a late request to halt the execution of a North Texas woman set to become the first female put to death in the U.S. in three years. The request was sent just hours before Kimberly McCarthy’s scheduled execution.

01/29/2013

Texas death chamber execution gurney. (credit: AP)

Report: Handfull Of States Have Bulk Of Executions

Just four states carried out more than three-fourths of the executions in the United States this year, while another 23 states have not put an inmate to death in 10 years, an anti-capital punishment group reports.

12/18/2012

Texas death chamber execution gurney. (credit: AP)

Man Convicted For Killing Texas Police Informant Set To Die

A Texas death row inmate scheduled to die later Tuesday for the killing of a police informant 20 years ago is hoping the U.S. Supreme Court agrees with his attorneys that he’s too mentally impaired to qualify for execution.

08/07/2012

Texas death chamber execution gurney. (credit: AP)

Fort Worth Murderer Granted Execution Reprieve

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has stopped this week’s scheduled execution of a convicted killer. Steven Staley was set to die for shooting death of a Fort Worth restaurant manager.

05/14/2012

Cleve Foster is scheduled for execution on Tuesday. He is charged with the abduction and slaying a woman a decade ago near Fort Worth.   (credit: TX Dept. of Criminal Justice)

High Court Lifts Hold On Execution Of Fort Worth Murderer

The Supreme Court has lifted its hold on the execution of a Texas man convicted in the Fort Worth shooting death of a woman in 2002.

05/31/2011

Cameron Todd Willingham (credit: AP Photo)

Bill Would Refine Duties For Texas Forensic Panel

The duties and mission of a troubled state panel caught up in the review of a contested arson finding in a death penalty case would be cleared up under legislation approved by the Texas Senate on Friday.

05/13/2011