Convicted Killer Christopher Vialva Executed; First Black Man Put To Death Since Feds Resumed ExecutionsA man who killed a religious couple visiting Texas from Iowa was executed Thursday, the first Black inmate put to death as part of the Trump administration’s resumption of federal executions after a nearly 20-year pause.
William Emmett LeCroy, Former Soldier Who Said Witchcraft Drove Him To Kill Nurse, Executed In Federal PrisonWilliam Emmett LeCroy, 50, on Tuesday would be the sixth federal inmate executed by lethal injection this year at the U.S. prison in Terre Haute, Indiana.
Lezmond Mitchell, Only Native American On Federal Death Row, Executed For Slayings Of 9-Year-Old And Her GrandmotherThe only Native American on federal death row was put to death Wednesday, despite objections from many Navajo leaders who had urged President Donald Trump to halt the execution on the grounds it would violate tribal culture and sovereignty.
Only Native American On Federal Death Row Set To Be ExecutedIf Lezmond Mitchell is put to death on schedule and becomes the fourth federal inmate executed this year, the federal government under the pro-death penalty president will have carried out more executions in 2020 than in the previous 56 years combined.
US Executes Second Man In A Week After Supreme Court Clears Way; Lawyers Said Wesley Ira Purkey Had DementiaWesley Ira Purkey’s lawyers had argued his dementia had deteriorated so severely that he didn’t understand why he was being executed.
Judge Halts Execution Of Wesley Ira Purkey, Amid Claims Convicted Killer Isn’t Mentally FitA judge on Wednesday halted the execution of a man, said to be suffering from dementia, who had been set to die by lethal injection in the federal government’s second execution this week after a 17-year hiatus.
US Carries Out The First Federal Execution In Nearly 2 DecadesThe execution of Daniel Lewis Lee came over the objection of the victims’ relatives and following days of legal wrangling and delays.
Judge Blocks Federal Executions; Trump Administration AppealsU.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan said there are still legal issues to resolve and that “the public is not served by short-circuiting legitimate judicial process."
Mourners Bid Farewell To 9-Year-Old Murder Victim Tyshawn LeeLoved ones were saying goodbye Tuesday morning to a 9-year-old boy who was shot and killed in what police called a gang-related execution.
Obama Condemns James Foley's Execution, Calls ISIS 'Cowardly'A visibly angry President Barack Obama condemned the beheading of veteran journalist and Northwestern University alum James Foley as “an act of violence that shocks the conscience of the entire world.”
History Of The Death Penalty In Illinois A botched execution this week in Oklahoma has renewed debate over the death penalty, a practice that was abandoned in Illinois by Gov. George Ryan in 2000.