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2-year old Ariana is seen in photos provided by Destiny Hughes (Destiny Hughes)
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Does NJ need the death penalty for killers of cops and children?

New Jersey abolished the death penalty in 2007. Do recent homicides involving baby victims make the case for bringing it back?

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3 things you learned on the Bill Spadea show: Cop killers and more

Convicted cop killers and drug addiction were some of the hard hitting topics on today's show.

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Alabama set to carry out 1st execution in more than 2 years

A man convicted of the 1992 rape and beating death of a woman is scheduled to receive a lethal injection Thursday in what would be Alabama's first execution in more than two years.

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In this photo taken on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015, inmate Charles Crawford speaking to reporters in a recreation yard at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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California grants rare look inside largest death row

With executions on hold in California and a death penalty appeals process that can take years, many inmates on the nation's largest death row say they spend little time worrying about the lethal injection that may one day kill them.

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Death penalty still supported by majority of NJ residents

It's been over seven years since New Jersey abolished the death penalty, and a new poll released Monday shows the majority of residents still support it.

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Utah Gov. Gary Herbert. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
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Firing squad death penalty bill signed into law in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah became the only state to allow firing squads for executions Monday when Gov. Gary Herbert signed a law approving the method's use when no lethal injection drugs are available.

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A 2010 photo shows the firing squad execution chamber at the Utah State Prison in Draper, Utah. (AP Photo/Trent Nelson, Pool, File)
A 2010 photo shows the firing squad execution chamber at the Utah State Prison in Draper, Utah. (AP Photo/Trent Nelson, Pool, File)
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Utah set to bring back death sentence by firing squad

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah - the only state in the past 40 years to carry out a death sentence by firing squad - is poised to bring back the Old West-style executions if the state cannot track down drugs used in lethal injections.

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Oklahoma state Rep. Mike Christian explains his bill allowing the execution of inmates using nitrogen gas. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Oklahoma state Rep. Mike Christian explains his bill allowing the execution of inmates using nitrogen gas. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
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Nitrogen gas executions approved by Oklahoma state lawmakers

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma would become the first state to allow the execution of death row inmates using nitrogen gas under a bill overwhelmingly approved on Tuesday by the House of Representatives.

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The gurney in the execution chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary is pictured in McAlester, Okla.  (AP Photo, File)
The gurney in the execution chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary is pictured in McAlester, Okla. (AP Photo, File)
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Gas chamber eyed by Oklahoma legislators for future executions

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- With executions in Oklahoma on hold amid a constitutional review of its lethal injection formula, Republican legislators are pushing to make Oklahoma the first state in the nation to allow nitrogen gas to execute death row inmates.

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Jerry Massie, spokesman for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, announces the time of death of inmate Charles Warner.  (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Jerry Massie, spokesman for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, announces the time of death of inmate Charles Warner. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
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Dying Oklahoma inmate’s last words stir questions

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- An Oklahoma inmate executed amid a legal challenge over lethal injection began complaining about the effects on his body before the drugs were administered, prompting some to question whether he may have exaggerated his symptoms to help his fellow death row inmates' case.

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