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The Arizona Department of Corrections said it has found a compound pharmacist it needs to carry out the state's first execution in six years. Read more»

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»

The gurney on which Arizona death row inmates are strapped prior to getting the lethal injection leading to their executions.

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»

Texas Gov. Rick Perry defends the state's record on executions during a Republican presidential debate in September.

Texas, the state that led America in the largest number of executions last year, might be running out of the lethal drug used to administer the death penalty. Read more»

The number of death sentences in the United States fell to below 100 in 2011, a historic low in the last 35 years. Read more» 1

Lawrence Brewer, who was executed Wednesday in Texas, requested chicken-fried steak for his last meal.

The long-standing tradition of allowing death row inmates one last special meal of their choosing before they enter the execution chamber ends immediately, said Brad Livingston, executive director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Read more»