A Colorado prosecutor backed off seeking a death sentence against the man accused of killing Adams County Deputy Heath Gumm in 2018. District Attorney Dave Young criticized Gov. Jared Polis for signing a bill to repeal the death penalty in the state.
A judge said death row inmate Rigoberto Avila Jr. should get a new trial because new scientific evidence could have led a jury to acquit him. Almost a year and a half later, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals rejected the judge’s decision and upheld Avila’s conviction.
Nathaniel Woods, 43, was put to death Thursday, 14 years after his conviction for his role as an accomplice to the murder of three Alabama police officers. Woods’ family and supporters such as Martin Luther King III, said he was not responsible for the deaths.
The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday, 5 to 4, against an Arizona man convicted of murder who argued that he might have avoided death row if allowed to tell jurors about the difficult circumstances of his childhood.