April 22, 1992 |
After an extraordinary bicoastal judicial duel kept his fate in doubt throughout the night, Robert Alton Harris died in San Quentin's gas chamber at sunrise Tuesday, becoming the first person executed in California in 25 years. Harris, 39, was pronounced dead at 6:21 a.m., just 36 minutes after the U. S. Supreme Court overturned the last of four overnight reprieves that delayed his execution by more than six hours.
May 15, 2001 |
A second batch of undisclosed records in the Oklahoma City bombing has been found in Baltimore, sources said Monday, prompting the FBI to issue a worldwide directive ordering all bureau field offices and attaches to comb their files for any more documents that may not have been turned over to Timothy J. McVeigh's lawyers.
July 1, 1998 |
A federal appeals court issued a stay of execution Tuesday for triple murderer Horace Kelly and ordered a hearing in his case for late July. Kelly, 38, had been scheduled to die by lethal injection July 7 for the 1984 murders of two women and an 11-year-old boy in the Inland Empire. Last week, however, a majority of the 21 judges in the U.S.
March 23, 2000 |
A federal judge in Nashville blocked the execution of a condemned child killer, hours before he was to become the first person to be put to death in Tennessee in 40 years. Robert Glen Coe, 43, was to die by injection at 1 a.m. today for the 1979 kidnapping, rape and murder of 8-year-old Cary Ann Medlin. U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger blocked the execution to consider a petition by Coe's attorneys contending that he is not mentally competent for execution.
December 3, 2002 |
A death row inmate condemned for killing a woman after slipping away from a work-release prison in 1977 was granted a stay to allow for DNA tests. Gov. Jeb Bush granted the reprieve 90 minutes before Amos King was to be executed by injection. It was the third stay this year for King. Courts ordered halts to scheduled executions in February and July. King, 48, was convicted of raping and murdering Natalie Brady, 68, in her Tarpon Springs home in 1977.
October 1, 2002 |
Gov. Jeb Bush issued a temporary stay of execution for one of the nation's only female serial killers because of questions about whether Aileen Wuornos is mentally competent to drop her appeals. Bush also issued a similar stay for Rigoberto Sanchez-Velasco, a triple killer who also dropped his appeals. He had been scheduled to die by lethal injection Wednesday, and Wuornos, convicted a decade ago in a widely publicized series of killings, was set to die Oct. 9.
October 3, 2007 |
The state Court of Criminal Appeals has stopped today's scheduled execution of a Honduran man convicted in the slaying of a clothing store manager. Lawyers for Heliberto Chi, 28, had asked the court for a reprieve in light of a U.S. Supreme Court decision last week to review lethal injection procedures in Kentucky after two inmates there argued the process was unconstitutionally cruel. The injection procedures are the same in Texas.
June 4, 1998 |
A Los Angeles federal judge on Wednesday stayed the execution of convicted triple-murderer Horace Kelly, a day after he was denied a hearing by the California Supreme Court. The order by Chief U.S. District Judge Terry J. Hatter Jr. opens the door for Kelly's defense lawyers to challenge the fairness of his state court trials and renew their claims that he should not be put to death because he is insane. State prosecutors immediately appealed Hatter's order to the U.S.
August 22, 2006 |
Indonesia delayed the executions of three Islamic militants convicted in the Bali bombings that killed 202 people four years ago, after the condemned men said they wanted to file a final appeal, officials said. Amrozi Nurhasyim, Ali Gufron and Imam Samudra were among more than 30 people convicted in the 2002 nightclub bombings on the resort island, which officials say were carried out by the Al Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiah terrorist group.