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Texas carries out first U.S. execution of 2020, putting man to death by lethal injection

Texas carries out first U.S. execution of 2020, putting man to death by lethal injectionTexas on Wednesday carried out the first execution of the year in the United States, putting to death by lethal injection a man convicted of killing his wife 15 years ago because she wanted a divorce.

John Gardner, 64, was sentenced to death in 2006 for killing his fifth wife, who had left him after multiple incidents of physical violence and filed for divorce.



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North Carolina Man Accused of Killing Wife With Lethal Eye Drops

North Carolina Man Accused of Killing Wife With Lethal Eye DropsA North Carolina man has been charged with using Visine eye drops to kill his wife of eight years. Joshua Lee Hunsucker, 35, was arrested and booked late last week, charged with the first-degree murder of Stacy Robinson in September 2018. His bail has been set at $ 1.5 million. North Carolina’s Department of Insurance made the shocking connection after the dead woman’s mother, Suzie Robinson, alerted them to possible insurance fraud by her former son-in-law. The case marks the second time eye drops have been allegedly used as a murder weapon. In 2018, a 52-year-old South Carolina woman was charged with murdering her husband by putting eye drops in his drinking water. Robinson alleged that her former son-in-law was motivated to kill her daughter over a relationship he had started during the marriage. The Shelby Star reports that Hunsucker was awarded a $ 250,000 life insurance payout after his wife’s death. Wife Attempted Suicide After Poisoning Husband With Eye Drops: PoliceThe Hunsuckers raised around $ 10,500 through a GoFundMe campaign after Stacy suffered an unspecified medical condition following the birth of their first daughter in 2013. The couple created another fundraiser after the birth of their second daughter in 2014, during which Robinson went into cardiac arrest and received a pacemaker. She worked at a local preschool and the couple posted pictures of what appeared to be a happy marriage with their young children on social media.The suspect worked as a paramedic, and his co-workers testified that he was “unaffected” by his wife’s sudden death. He also allegedly gave varying accounts of what he was doing before his wife stopped breathing, turned blue and collapsed on the sofa in their family home last year, according to court documents. Hunsucker originally told investigators that he had his back to her and found her on the sofa dead, according to the affidavit published in local news outlets. He then changed his story, telling friends how he found her after entering the room.Police say Hunsucker also tried to block authorities from performing an autopsy on his dead wife. But because she was an organ donor, a sample of blood was taken—and later subpeoned in the insurance fraud investigation. The results were used to prove that she had been poisoned after high levels of tetrahydrozolilne were found in her system. North Carolina Department of Insurance attorney Jordan Green said that her blood contained 30 to 40 times higher levels that the normal therapeutic value of the drug, which would have had “a dramatic effect on her heart, which would cause heart stoppage in a short amount of time.”Green told a judge during Hunsucker’s first court appearance Friday that they had “probable cause he poisoned Mrs. Hunsucker with Visine, which caused her death.”Lawyers for Hunsucker “strenuously opposed” the allegations and pleaded that his bail should be lowered to $ 50,000 so he can be with his two young children. The judge refused the request.Hunsucker’s next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 9. If he is able to pay his $ 1.5 million bond he will be fitted with an electronic monitoring system. Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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Mulvaney’s OMB Held Up Lethal Ukraine Aid in 2017 for Fear of Russian Reaction

Mulvaney’s OMB Held Up Lethal Ukraine Aid in 2017 for Fear of Russian ReactionLeah Millis/ReutersUnder Mick Mulvaney’s leadership, the Office of Management and Budget temporarily put a hold on the delivery of anti-tank missiles to Ukraine in 2017 because of concerns their arrival would upset Russia, according to former White House official Catherine Croft. She described OMB’s objection as “highly unusual.”Croft’s testimony indicates that concerns about the U.S. relationship with Russia had a direct—though short-lived—impact on U.S./Ukraine policy in the first year of Trump’s presidency.Croft told congressional impeachment investigators that after the Trump administration greenlit the delivery of Javelin missiles to Ukraine in late 2017—the first delivery of lethal aid to the country since Russian separatists seized territory in its Eastern region in 2014—Mulvaney’s office held it up. “Did you understand why?” asked the congressional staffer questioning her. “I understood the reason to be a policy one,” she replied. “What was the policy one?” “In a briefing with Mick Mulvaney, the question centered around the Russian reaction,” she continued. “What was the concern about the Russian reaction?” asked the staffer. “That Russia would react negatively to the provision of Javelins to Ukraine,” she said. The Daily Beast first reported last month that OMB held up the 2017 shipment of Javelins to Ukraine. Croft said the hold lasted “about a week or two,” and that “all of the policy agencies” wanted the aid to go to Ukraine. She said OMB’s interest in the decision about whether to send Javelins to Ukraine was abnormal. Key Impeachment Witnesses Finger Mulvaney In the Quid Pro Quo“[It] was rather unusual to have OMB expressing concerns that were purely policy-based and not budget-oriented,” she said. “At the beginning of the Ukrainian Javelin process, I had been told that OMB was taking a policy interest,” she continued. “And OMB began sending working level officials to attend meetings… which was very unusual at the time.” She noted that OMB staff also started attending meetings regarding aid to countries besides Ukraine and that the increase in their involvement was “quite taxing on a very small organization.”Mulvaney and several other OMB officials have refused to participate in the congressional impeachment inquiry. Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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Execution of killer who boasted how he made victim suffer is delayed due to lethal injection drug shortage

Execution of killer who boasted how he made victim suffer is delayed due to lethal injection drug shortageA prisoner who killed his cellmate with a makeshift knife, and a padlock in a sock, has had his execution delayed because Ohio has run out of lethal injection drugs.James Galen Hanna, 65, boasted that he made cellmate Peter Copas, 43, “suffer pretty good” after stabbing him in the eye with a modified paintbrush before beating him for two hours.



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Death row inmate wants to choose lethal drug to be used in his execution in two weeks

Death row inmate wants to choose lethal drug to be used in his execution in two weeksA South Dakota man on death row is petitioning the state to use a lethal injection drug of his choosing, just two weeks from his planned execution date.Charles Russell Rhines has asked the state to use the same type of drug that was mandated for executions at the time of his conviction, which occurred in 1993 when protocol was to use an ultra-fast-acting drug and a chemical paralytic.



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Gary Ray Bowles: Death row serial killer executed by lethal injection despite last-minute plea

Gary Ray Bowles: Death row serial killer executed by lethal injection despite last-minute pleaA serial killer who admitted killing six gay men in just eight-months in the US east coast has been executed.Gary Ray Bowles was given a lethal injection in Florida late Thursday after more than 20 years on death row.



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Death row inmate who always maintained his innocence executed by lethal injection

Death row inmate who always maintained his innocence executed by lethal injectionA death row inmate who always maintained his innocence has been executed for the abduction, rape and murder of a student more than 20 years ago.Larry Swearingen received a lethal injection at the state penitentiary in the Texan city of Huntsville for the 1998 killing of 19-year-old Melissa Trotter.



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Introducing the Army's New Lethal Sniper Rifle

Introducing the Army's New Lethal Sniper RifleHere's all we know.



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Doyle Lee Hamm execution: Repeated jabbing of death row inmate in attempted lethal injection amounts to torture, says lawyer

Doyle Lee Hamm execution: Repeated jabbing of death row inmate in attempted lethal injection amounts to torture, says lawyerConvicted murderer Doyle Lee Hamm, 61, who has spent more than half his life on death row, was returned to his cell after more than two hours of effort by the execution team. Bernard Harcourt, who has represented Hamm for 28 years, claimed the “botched” execution attempt led to at least 12 puncture wounds from failed needle placements. “It was a gory, botched execution,” he said.



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Execution abandoned after death row prisoner 'repeatedly jabbed' by officials doing lethal injection

Execution abandoned after death row prisoner 'repeatedly jabbed' by officials doing lethal injectionAn attempted execution in Alabama was halted after medical personnel repeatedly jabbed the death row inmate in the ankles, lower legs and groin but failed to find a usable vein, according to a court filing by his lawyer. The dramatic night began with a temporary stay of execution at around 6pm local time – lifted by the US Supreme Court just three hours later – and ended in confusion as 61-year-old Doyle Lee Hamm was returned to his cell shortly before midnight on Thursday. Lawyer Bernard Harcourt, who has represented Hamm for 28 years, said he was seeking information about what happened during the attempted execution.



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