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Susan Sarandon trying to fight for inmate on death row.  (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Trevor Project)

Susan Sarandon Trying To Help Inmate Facing Death Penalty

Actress and anti-death penalty activist Susan Sarandon is trying to stop Oklahoma from executing a convicted murderer she believes is innocent.

08/27/2015

File photo of a prison cell block. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

Murder Charge Dismissed For Houston Man On Death Row

Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson on Monday dismissed capital murder charges against a 33-year-old Houston man sent to death row nearly a decade ago for the fatal shooting of a Houston police officer.

06/08/2015

John Reyes Matamoros

Texas Death Row Inmate In 25-Year Houston Cases Loses Appeal

Attorneys for 51-year-old John Reyes Matamoros say he is mentally impaired and ineligible for execution.

04/07/2015

NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 14:  In this handout provided by the Orleans Parish Sheriffs Office, OPSO, Robert Durst poses for a mugshot photo after being arrested and detained March 14, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Family member of a prominent New York City real estate empire and subject of a HBO series, Durst has been arrested on a first-degree murder warrant issued by police in Los Angeles related to the death of his friend, Susan Berman. (Photo by Orleans Parish Sheriffs Office via Getty Images)

Robert Durst Could Face Death Penalty With Murder Charge

Robert Durst couldn’t explain away the similarities between his handwriting and a letter he said “only the killer could have written” that alerted police to his friend’s shooting 15 years ago.

03/16/2015

texas lethal injection reprieve

Man Set To Die For Houston Murders Wins Reprieve

Garcia White was scheduled to be executed Wednesday for the 1989 fatal stabbings of twin 16-year-old Houston girls; his attorneys argued he may have been mentally impaired because of a lifetime of cocaine use.

01/27/2015

Scott Panetti was diagnosed with schizophrenia some 14 years before fatally shooting his estranged wife's parents in 1992. (Photo from Texas Department of Criminal Justice)

Court Grants Execution Reprieve To Texas Inmate

Federal judges ruled they need more time to consider the complexities of executing a mentally ill prisoner.

12/03/2014

File photo of court room.  (Photo by Spencer Weiner-Pool/Getty Images)

Police: Convicted Pennsylvania Murderer May Have Killed In Texas

Charles Hicks, who was sentenced to death for the 2008 murder and dismemberment of a Pennsylvania woman told investigators he had killed in Texas.

11/20/2014

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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

Texas has enough of the execution drug pentobarbital to carry out the first five lethal injections scheduled for 2015. (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

Texas has enough of the execution drug pentobarbital to carry out the first five lethal injections scheduled for 2015. (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

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