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September 20, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
A former Dallas-area car wash employee who was convicted of killing two co-workers a week after he was fired in 2000 appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to stay his execution. Robert Wayne Harris, 40, was due to be executed as of 6 p.m. Central time. Harris had originally confessed to fatally shooting five people at the Mi-T-Fine car wash in Irving, Texas, was charged in connection with all five but tried in two of the deaths. His attorneys argue Harris should not be executed because he is mentally retarded and did not receive a fair trial.
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NATIONAL
June 26, 2013 | By Matt Pearce and Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Kimberly McCarthy was put to death Wednesday, the 500th person Texas has executed in the 37 years since the death penalty was reinstated. The former occupational therapist was convicted and sentenced to death in 1998 for the beating and stabbing death of her 71-year-old neighbor, Dorothy Booth, during a robbery. McCarthy, 52, was pronounced dead at 6:37 p.m., 20 minutes after receiving a dose of pentobarbital, according to the Associated Press. With her last words, she thanked her minister and her family, but did not mention her victim.
NATIONAL
March 10, 2012 | By Ashley Powers
In the weeks before he was executed for strangling a man to death, Arizona inmate Robert Towery kept a diary. His writings began Feb. 2, when he was transferred to a “death watch” cell in state prison, and ended Thursday, shortly before he was put to death by lethal injection at 11:26 a.m. The Associated Press described the execution -- and the events leading up to it. Towery, 47, had been convicted of killing Mark Jones during a...
NEWS
March 1, 2013 | By Paul Whitefield
China executes about 4,000 people a year. On Friday, four of those people got the full reality-TV “Big Brother” treatment. As The Times' Barbara Demick reported : Chinese state television Friday broadcast nearly one hour of live images of the last moments of four foreign drug traffickers about to be executed for the 2011 killing of 13 Chinese fishermen on the Mekong River. Although the cameras pulled away before the final lethal injection, the unprecedented pre-execution coverage unleashed a storm of criticism and debate about the death penalty.
NEWS
December 16, 1988 | Associated Press
The Supreme Court today blocked the execution of a Sikh convicted of assassinating Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and ordered the president to reconsider the man's request for clemency. The order effectively prevented the execution of a second man convicted in the 1984 assassination, a defense attorney said. A five-judge panel said the constitution allows President Ramaswami Venkataraman to examine the case and decide whether a pardon is warranted.
NEWS
June 22, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
The execution of a man convicted of murder was blocked by the U.S. Supreme Court pending a review of his claim that mentally retarded inmates should not be put to death. Attorneys for the 51-year-old Alabama man sought to block his execution until the high court decides in a North Carolina case if it is constitutional to execute the mentally retarded. A ruling in the North Carolina case is expected in the fall. The court blocked the execution of Glenn William Holladay, scheduled for 12:01 a.m.
NATIONAL
July 18, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON -- Texas officials Wednesday were preparing for the state's first single-drug lethal injection after the U.S. Supreme Court  rejected the appeals of death row inmate Yokamon Hearn. The justices refused Hearn's appeals hours before he was scheduled to be executed for the 1998 murder of Frank Meziere, a stockbroker shot after a carjacking at a Dallas car wash. Hearn's execution, which could start any time after 6 p.m. Central time, will be the sixth in Texas this year -- for a total of  482 since the state began executing inmates by lethal injection in December 1982, a Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman told the Los Angeles Times.
NATIONAL
October 8, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON - A federal judge in Houston on Monday stayed the execution of a Texas man and granted him a competency hearing days before he was to be put to death for the abduction, rape and strangulation of a 12-year-old girl. Soon after the ruling, the Texas Attorney General's Office filed a notice of appeal with the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. A spokesman for the attorney general declined to comment. Christina Neal was snatched as she walked home on June 21, 2000, in Montgomery County, about 60 miles north of Houston, according to the attorney general's summary of the case . Investigators became suspicious of a neighbor, Jonathan Green, after they learned he had been burning trash soon after the girl's disappearance.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 1992
Reading the paper (April 22), it seems many people were opposed to the execution of Harris. They think the law was cruel by taking him in and out of the gas chamber. Stop and think about how cruel he was to the families of the two young men he murdered for no reason. Who cares about the psychological trauma he went through? He deserved every second of it. It also seems to be a waste to me to have feature stories on the man saying how he died in the gas chamber. He committed a terrible crime and paid the price for it. TONY SCIARRINO Santa Clarita
NEWS
January 7, 1988 | United Press International
An oil derrick worker with a ninth-grade education became the first person executed in the United States this year when he was put to death early today for murdering a woman during a $1 robbery. Robert Streetman, 27, was pronounced dead at 3:26 a.m. after receiving a lethal injection. It was the 94th execution since the Supreme Court lifted its ban on capital punishment in 1976. Streetman was condemned for the Dec.
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