In what could be Philadelphia’s last death penalty case, prosecutors are seeking an execution for Robert Lark in a 1979 killing. Some 120 death penalty cases have been overturned in Pennsylvania. Of those, only three people have been returned to death row. No one has been executed in the state since 1999.
Houston serial killer Anthony Shore was about to be executed when a prosecutor asked for a delay based on reports that Shore would confess to a murder, for which another death row inmate was already convicted.
A media coalition is appealing a ruling by a federal judge that news organizations don’t have a right to information about execution drugs used by the state. Among concerns listed by Judge G. Murray Snow was a belief that identifying companies that provide drugs makes them targets for anti-death-penalty advocates and discourages them from selling the drugs to state departments of corrections.
Anthony Shore, the confessed serial rapist and strangler whose murders in the 1980s and 1990s went unsolved for more than a decade, is scheduled for execution Wednesday evening. Courts rejected his latest appeals that argued a traumatic brain injury decreases his culpability.
Prosecutors said the stabbing stemmed from a dispute over a peanut butter sandwich that Robert Pruett wanted to take into a recreation yard against prison rules. He was the 20th prisoner to be put to death this year.
At least ten Texas death row inmates are seeking to have their death sentences thrown out in exchange for life in prison under a U.S. Supreme Court ruling this year that changed how Texas determines intellectual disability. Some relatives of victims are unhappy that many cases are now in doubt.
Michael Lambrix, 57, died by lethal injection after an appeal failed. The state had stopped all executions for months after a Supreme Court ruling that found Florida’s method of sentencing people to death was unconstitutional. In response, the legislature passed a new law requiring death sentences to have a unanimous jury vote.
Duane Buck, whose death sentence was appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court after allegations of racist testimony from an expert witness, had his sentence reduced to life in prison in a plea agreement The witness claimed Buck was more likely to be a future danger because he is black.