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Arizona executes man for 1978 murder of college student

Arizona carried out its first execution in seven years Wednesday morning, lethally injecting Clarence Dixon with pentobarbital for the killing of 21-year-old ASU student Deana Bowdoin in 1978, less than a day after Dixon’s final appeal was denied.... Read more»

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Despite Arizona's push to schedule executions, attorneys plan to continue fight

While Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is pushing to schedule executions for two death-row inmates who he said have exhausted their appeals, advocates for the men said they still intend to fight.... Read more»

Supreme Court to hear Az murder appeal that could affect 20 death-row cases

The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday it will hear the appeal of an Arizona death-row inmate who claims state courts wrongly used old law to reaffirm his death sentences for two 1991 murders.... Read more»

Comic: Bermudez Shorts

Arizona's lethal irony

The death penalty is a serious issue, and a very ironic one. The very idea of punishing killing by killing does not make sense. It makes matters worse when payback can't even be done correctly. This past week convicted murder Joseph Wood was put to death in an Arizona prison through the use of not-all-that-lethal injection.... Read more»

Edward Harold Schad

Oldest death row inmate executed for 1978 murder of Bisbee man

An Arizona inmate was executed Wednesday morning for the 1978 murder of an elderly Bisbee man. Edward Harold Schad, 71, was the oldest inmate on the state's death row. He was given a lethal injection at 10:03 a.m. and pronounced dead nine minutes later.... Read more»1

Court upholds conviction, death sentence in 1986 Mohave County murder

A federal appeals court denied claims by a death-row inmate Wednesday that evidence was doctored and suppressed in his trial for the 1986 kidnapping, robbery and murder of an elderly Las Vegas man near Kingman.... Read more»

A prolonged stay: The reasons behind the slow pace of executions

States that impose the death penalty have been facing a crisis in recent years: They are short on the drugs used in executions.... Read more»

Horne: Supreme Court ruling could speed Az death penality

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that a mentally incompetent Arizona death-row inmate cannot indefinitely delay his case will speed the “scandalously long” pace of similar cases, the state’s attorney general said Thursday.... Read more»

Supreme Court asks how long death penalty can be delayed

U.S. Supreme Court justices quizzed both sides in an Arizona case Tuesday over how long a death penalty appeal can reasonably be delayed if a defendant is not mentally competent to assist in his defense.... Read more»1

Appeals court upholds conviction for 1992 Phx murder

A federal appeals court Tuesday rejected multiple challenges by an Arizona death-row inmate Pete Carl Rogovich to his conviction for the 1992 murders of four people, including three who were killed in a Phoenix trailer-park "homicidal rampage."... Read more»1

Appeals court rejects claims of death-row inmate in Tucson murders

A federal court denied the appeals of a man on Arizona's death row for the 1989 murders of his former girlfriend and her father at the family's Tucson business. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Joseph Rudolph Wood's claims of prosecutorial misconduct and ineffective defense from his trial attorneys.... Read more»

Steinbeck: Lennie shouldn't bolster execution argument

Thomas Steinbeck said his father John Steinbeck would be "deeply angry and ashamed" to know that Texas used the fictional character Lennie Small from his famous book Of Mice and Men to help set the standard to judge whether a man is eligible for execution.... Read more»

John C. Scott Show

J.C. Scott: Gun control, abortion and Az's execution law

TucsonSentinel.com columnist Jimmy Zuma on the NRA and gun control, plus attorney Don Loose and Tucsoncitizen.com administrator Mark B. Evans.... Read more»

Az could tie execution record in 2012—pace likely to continue

When prison officials pronounced convicted killer Samuel Lopez dead from a lethal injection at 10:37 a.m. Wednesday, it was the fourth execution in Arizona in the first six months of 2012. At that pace, the state could be on track to match its record of seven executions in a single year.... Read more»


Three decades of capital punishment in Texas

Thirty-five years ago today, the state of Utah executed Gary Gilmore by firing squad and restarted the death penalty in the United States. Texas followed suit, reinstating capital punishment in 1982 and quickly becoming home to the nation's busiest execution chamber.... Read more»1

Amnesty International

Amnesty interview: Death penalty decreasing worldwide

Amnesty International released its annual survey on the use of the death penalty. The report found 18 countries executed people in 2009. China is estimated to have executed the most people, but refused to release an official figure. In the 17 other countries 714 people were executed.... Read more»

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