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NATIONAL
November 13, 2012
“I'm good, let's roll.” Those were the last words of convicted killer Brett Hartman before his execution by lethal injection in Ohio on Tuesday morning, punishment for the mutilation and murder of a woman in Akron 15 years ago. Hartman was put to death for the murder of Winda Snipes, whose body was found by police on her bedroom floor, without hands, her throat slit and her body shredded by 138 stab wounds. She was still alive when Hartman tied one of her ankles to the bed with pantyhose.
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NATIONAL
September 20, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON -- Texas executed its eighth inmate this year on Thursday, a former Dallas-area car wash employee convicted of killing two co-workers a week after he was fired in 2000. Robert Wayne Harris, 40, was executed in Huntsville at 6:43 p.m. with a lethal dose of the sedative pentobarbital. His last statement: “I want to let y'all  know that I love you, Billy, I love you, English, Hart and Eloise.  Dwight, take care of Dwight.  I'm going home, I'm going home.  I'll be all right, don't worry, I love y'all.
NATIONAL
September 18, 2012 | By Tina Susman
Lawyers for an obese prisoner on Ohio's death row say their client should be spared in part because of his weight, which they say could cause "severe complications" if executioners try to give him a lethal intravenous injection. The argument, reported Monday by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, drew scoffs from the family of Ronald Post's victim, Helen Vantz. Post was convicted in the 1983 shooting death of Vantz, who worked as a desk clerk at an Ohio hotel. "I don't care if they have to wheel him in on a tractor-trailer; 30 years is too long," William Vantz, the victim's son, told the Plain Dealer.
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
April 12, 2012 | By Dalina Castellanos
A man who admitted killing two women and four girls is scheduled to be executed Thursday after spending almost 29 years in a Florida prison. David Alan Gore on Thursday met with his mother and an ex-wife and is scheduled to be put to death at 6 p.m. EDT. Gore, now 58, had confessed to killing four teenage girls and two women in the 1980s in the eastern Florida town of Vero Beach, but was condemned to death for killing 17-year-old Lynn Elliott....
NATIONAL
April 12, 2012 | By Dalina Castellanos
A murderer  executed Thursday for killing a teenage girl almost 30 years ago apologized to her family before he died. “I would like to say to Mr. and Mrs. Elliott that I am truly sorry for my part in the death of your daughter,” David Alan Gore said before receiving a lethal injection, according to an email from Florida Department of Corrections spokeswoman Jo Ellyn Rackleff. “I wish above all else my death could bring her back … I am not the same man today that I was 28 years ago.” Gore, 58, admitted he killed two women and four girls in the 1980s in the eastern Florida town of Vero Beach.
OPINION
December 17, 2011
Back in September, much was made of the crowd's reaction at a GOP presidential debate after moderator Brian Williams noted that Texas Gov. Rick Perry had overseen more executions than any governor in modern times, and spectators burst into applause. Liberal pundits saw this as an example of the callousness of GOP voters, but we were more disturbed by the callousness on exhibit from Perry. "I've never struggled with that at all," Perry said. Why not? Perry oversaw the execution of a man who may well have been innocent, then quashed an investigation of the matter; most people in such a situation would, we suspect, experience at least a twinge of conscience.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 2011 | By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times
A judge on Friday threw out California's new lethal injection protocols, which have been five years in the making, because corrections officials failed to consider a one-drug execution method now in practice in other death penalty states. In ruling that the new protocols were "invalid," Marin County Superior Court Judge Faye D'Opal noted that one of the state's own experts recommended the single injection method as being superior to the three-drug sequence approved last year. State officials now must decide whether to appeal D'Opal's ruling or again revise the lethal injection procedures that were deemed unconstitutional by a federal judge in 2006.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 2011 | By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times
Attorneys for the state of California and death row prisoners have agreed to a timetable for reviewing new lethal injection procedures, effectively postponing any such executions for another year. State attorneys representing prison authorities and lawyers for four of the 12 death row inmates who have exhausted their appeals and are eligible for death warrants filed papers Thursday with the San Francisco federal judge newly assigned to the complex and protracted case. The papers set a Sept.
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