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.
June 2, 2000 |
Gov. George W. Bush, campaigning for president as a "compassionate conservative," blocked Thursday evening's scheduled execution of a convicted killer by approving his first reprieve in a Texas death penalty case. Bush said he approved a 30-day reprieve for Ricky Nolen McGinn so that potential DNA evidence that might exonerate him could be reviewed, although the U.S. Supreme Court had earlier denied McGinn's appeals.
January 14, 2000 |
Two relatives of soldiers killed in Turkey's Kurdish insurgency set themselves on fire in an Istanbul cemetery Thursday, during a protest against the government's decision to delay executing a Kurdish rebel leader. Onlookers rushed to aid the pair--the mother of a slain army lieutenant and the brother of another killed soldier--beating the flames with jackets and rolling the two on the ground to try to put out the fire.
February 23, 2003 |
A death row inmate says inconclusive DNA results in the 1977 murder for which he was convicted should be enough to vindicate him and has asked the state's Supreme Court to stay his execution. Amos King, 48, has received three stays in the last year, the last on Dec. 2, when he was 90 minutes from receiving a lethal injection. His execution is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday. Gov.
November 16, 2007 |
The U.S. Supreme Court halted the execution of convicted child killer Mark Dean Schwab, hours before he was scheduled to die in Florida. The move by the high court was widely expected as it considers the appeals of two Kentucky inmates challenging the same lethal three-drug combination used in Florida. The court has blocked executions in three other states since accepting the Kentucky case Sept. 25. Schwab was sentenced to death for the murder of 11-year-old Junny Rios-Martinez.
August 5, 1997 |
The machinery of the state's execution process slammed to a halt Monday, just six hours before Thomas M. Thompson's scheduled death, when the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review the 1981 Laguna Beach rape and murder case that landed the convict on death row. A day after the U.S.