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Tennessee set to execute murderer by electric chair on Thursday

Tennessee set to execute murderer by electric chair on ThursdayDavid Miller was convicted in Knox County of first-degree murder for the 1981 killing of Lee Standifer, a 23-year-old woman. Miller has been on death row since March 1982. Before Zagorski, the last time Tennessee used its electric chair was 2007.



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Supreme Court clears way for Tennessee to execute murderer

Supreme Court clears way for Tennessee to execute murdererThe decision cleared the path for the lethal injection and came just hours before the state was scheduled to put to death Billy Irick, 59, at 7 p.m. CDT (0000 GMT) at the Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville. The execution would be the first in the state since 2009 and the 15th this year in the United States. Lawyers for Irick, who has been on death row more than three decades, said he has suffered from psychosis for his entire life and putting him to death would violate legal norms barring the execution of people with severe mental disorders or disabilities.



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Supreme Court clears way for Tennessee to execute murderer

Supreme Court clears way for Tennessee to execute murdererThe decision cleared the path for the lethal injection and came just hours before the state was scheduled to put to death Billy Irick, 59, at 7 p.m. CDT (0000 GMT) at the Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville. The execution would be the first in the state since 2009 and the 15th this year in the United States. Lawyers for Irick, who has been on death row more than three decades, said he has suffered from psychosis for his entire life and putting him to death would violate legal norms barring the execution of people with severe mental disorders or disabilities.



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Missouri set to execute man despite claims of undue suffering

Missouri set to execute man despite claims of undue sufferingThe death row inmate, Russell Bucklew, 49, was convicted of killing his former girlfriend’s new boyfriend and raping the ex-girlfriend more than two decades ago. Bucklew suffers from a congenital ailment known as cavernous hemangioma, a malformation of blood vessels that could burst from the stress of lethal injection, leading to undue agony in violation of the U.S. Constitution’s prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment.



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Georgia plans to execute man known as 'stocking strangler'

Georgia plans to execute man known as 'stocking strangler'ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia plans to execute an inmate known as the "stocking strangler," a man convicted of raping and killing older women in attacks that terrorized a small city decades ago.



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Texas to execute third prisoner this year amid reports of botched killings

Texas to execute third prisoner this year amid reports of botched killingsA gurney in Huntsville, Texas, where Texas’s condemned are strapped down to receive a lethal dose of drugs. Texas prepared on Thursday afternoon to put to death its third prisoner this year, using a batch of old and poorly regulated sedatives, which eyewitnesses have suggested may have led to the botched executions of two other inmates in the past two weeks. John Battaglia, 62, is set to die after 6pm local time on Thursday, using a lethal dose of the barbiturate pentobarbital.



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US states consider using powerful fentanyl to execute inmates

US states consider using powerful fentanyl to execute inmatesFentanyl, a potent drug playing a major role in the US opioid crisis described by Donald Trump as a “plague,” is now under consideration for use in lethal cocktails to execute inmates. The bid to use fentanyl as a capital punishment tool is due to a shortage of drugs normally used in lethal injections and is not grounded in scientific analysis, according to Deborah Denno, an expert on lethal injection at Fordham University. “The use of fentanyl by states greatly heightens the risk of a botched — and therefore painful — execution in the ways that past execution drugs have demonstrated,” she told AFP.



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Florida set to execute man for 2 decades-old murders

Florida set to execute man for 2 decades-old murdersSTARKE, Fla. (AP) — Florida is scheduled to execute a man Thursday who was convicted of murdering two people decades ago after a long night of drinking.



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Florida to execute white man for racially motivated murder

Florida to execute white man for racially motivated murderGAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — For the first time in state history, Florida is expecting to execute a white man Thursday for killing a black person — and it plans to do so with the help of a drug that has never been used before in any U.S. execution.



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Marcellus Williams: Missouri set to execute death row inmate despite new evidence suggesting he is innocent

Marcellus Williams: Missouri set to execute death row inmate despite new evidence suggesting he is innocentA death row inmate in the US state of Missouri is about to be executed – despite new DNA evidence suggesting he is innocent. Marcellus Williams, now 48, was found guilty of the August 1998 murder of Lisha Gayle, 42, at home in St Louis. Prosecutors claim Williams was burgling his victim’s home when she discovered him and he stabbed her repeatedly.



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