Justices weighed the case of Robert McCoy, who told his lawyer he was innocent of a triple murder. His lawyer told the jury he was guilty in a bid to avoid the death penalty.
The Supreme Court will decide whether Larry English violated his client’s constitutional rights by telling the jury the man killed three people.
In a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that a juror’s racist statements required an appeals court to reconsider a death row inmate’s case.
Executions, death sentences and public approval of capital punishment have been steadily declining, the Death Penalty Information Center said.
Facing its first execution in more than six years, the state doesn’t have the drugs to carry out the sentence. The governor hopes a shield law will help.
The execution of Alva Campbell was stopped 80 minutes after it began because prison workers could not find a vein to administer lethal injection.