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December 8, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Convicted killer Carlos DeLuna, who maintained he was wrongly condemned for the slaying of a gas station attendant during a $150 robbery, was executed by lethal injection in Huntsville, Tex. DeLuna, 27, maintained that he did not kill Wanda Jean Lopez of Corpus Christi on Feb. 4, 1983. DeLuna visited with relatives Wednesday after the Supreme Court rejected his request for a stay of execution.
January 31, 1988 | Associated Press
A military death chamber designed for executions by lethal injection is being built at Fort Leavenworth. The chamber, at the fort's U.S. Disciplinary Barracks, the only maximum-security military prison in the United States, is being built to conform with a 1986 Army regulation calling for death by injection instead of hanging, military officials said last week.
October 26, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A man convicted of killing a woman during a 1982 convenience store robbery became the first Georgia inmate to die by injection. Terry Michael Mincey, 41, had been scheduled to die in the electric chair until Oct. 5, when the state's high court ruled that the chair violated the ban on cruel and unusual punishment. That shifted all the state's executions to injection. Mincey was convicted of the April 1982 killing of Paulette Riggs.
July 10, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO - California has dropped its legal efforts to win approval of a three-drug method of lethal injection and will instead proposeĀ  single-drug executions, a prisons spokesman said Wednesday. At the direction of Gov. Jerry Brown, the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation decided against challenging a unanimous California appeals court ruling that blocked the three-drug method on the grounds it had not been properly vetted, said Jeffrey Callison, a corrections department spokesman.
July 1, 2009 | Carol J. Williams
Corrections officials heard overwhelming condemnation of proposed new lethal injection procedures Tuesday at the first-ever public hearing on execution methods in the state. Contrary to the solid majority of Californians who in opinion polls expressed support for the death penalty, only two out of more than 100 speakers supported a resumption of death sentences once legal hurdles are cleared.
May 2, 2009 | Carol J. Williams
State officials launched a two-month forum Friday for public comment on revised lethal injection procedures in a step toward resuming executions as early as next year. But the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation warned in posting the new protocols that it will weigh comments only on the execution process, not on the legality or morality of the death penalty.
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.
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.
January 27, 2011 | By Richard A. Serrano
Jared Lee Loughner surfed the Internet for information on lethal injection and assassins in the hours before the Tucson shooting rampage, computer information that prosecutors are likely to use as evidence to show he was not mentally incompetent, a federal law enforcement official said Thursday. Loughner pleaded not guilty Monday in federal court to attempted-murder charges in the shootings of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and two of her aides. Six people were killed, including a federal judge, and 13 were wounded in the Jan. 8 attack.
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