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Man Charged In Texas Human-Smuggling Operation

A 34-year-old man is scheduled to make an initial court appearance in South Texas on charges that include murder, human smuggling and keeping undocumented workers as hostages.

08/26/2014

File photo of an execution chamber. (credit: PAUL BUCK/AFP/Getty Images)

Oklahoma Lawmaker Seeks Other Execution Options

A Republican lawmaker reacting to an Oklahoma inmate’s botched lethal injection said Tuesday he wants to explore giving condemned prisoners the option of death by firing squad, hanging or the electric chair.

06/10/2014

File photo of an execution chamber. (credit: PAUL BUCK/AFP/Getty Images)

Lawmakers Still Back Death Penalty Despite Botched Oklahoma Execution

A bungled execution in Oklahoma in which the condemned prisoner writhed and moaned as he received a lethal injection outraged death-penalty opponents, invited court challenges and attracted worldwide attention.

05/05/2014

Lockett had an intravenous tap placed at his groin because suitable veins couldn't be found elsewhere. That vein collapsed, and prison officials were unable to find another viable one, the state didn't have another dose of the drugs available anyway. (Image credit: Oklahoma Dept. of Corrections)

Report: Oklahoma Execution Officials Took 51 Minutes To Find Vein

Clayton Lockett died of an apparent heart attack 10 minutes after officials stopped the scheduled execution.

05/01/2014

Judge found 64-year-old Glenn Ford's conviction was obtained after prosecutors suppressed exonerating evidence. (Getty Images)

Man Who Spent Decades On Louisiana’s Death Row Is Freed

Judge found 64-year-old Glenn Ford’s conviction was obtained after prosecutors suppressed exonerating evidence.

03/12/2014

Demonstrators held signs outside the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City to protest the execution of Edgar Tamayo. (ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images)

Texas Executes Man Despite Opposition From Mexico

Mexican national Edgar Tamayo was administered lethal injection for the 1994 murder of a Houston police officer.

01/22/2014

File photo of  the 'death chamber' at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Huntsville Unit in Huntsville.  (credit: PAUL BUCK /AFP/Getty Images)

Lubbock Man Who Killed Parents Set To Die

Authorities became suspicious about the deaths of a Lubbock couple in an explosion and fire that leveled their home, when the remains of the woman retrieved from the rubble showed a lamp cord was wrapped around her neck.

10/08/2013

Texas prison officials say they're using a compounding pharmacy to obtain the drug used during executions. (Getty)

Texas Says It Will Not Switch Execution Drug

Texas says it will keep using the same drug for its executions but won’t say how it will replace its supply that expires this month.

09/19/2013

The Army psychiatrist on trial for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood told mental health experts after the attack that he "would still be a martyr" if convicted and executed by the government, according to a newspaper report Tuesday. (Photo by Bell County Sheriff's Office via Getty Images)

Fort Hood Suspect: ‘I Would Still Be A Martyr’ If Executed

The Army psychiatrist on trial for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood told mental health experts after the attack that he “would still be a martyr” if convicted and executed by the government, according to a newspaper report Tuesday.

08/13/2013

File photo of a death chamber in Texas, where lethal injections are administered. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Newsmakers)

Convicted Houston Cop Killer Set To Die Wednesday

Attorneys for a 37-year-old Texas death row inmate are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to stop his execution this week for the fatal shooting of a Houston police officer 14 years ago.

05/14/2013

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