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Lisa Ann Coleman was sentenced to death for the 9-year-old  Davontae Williams' starvation death 10 years ago. (AP Photo/Texas Department of Criminal Justice)
Lisa Ann Coleman was sentenced to death for the 9-year-old Davontae Williams' starvation death 10 years ago. (AP Photo/Texas Department of Criminal Justice)
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Texas executes woman for starvation of 9-year-old boy

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) -- A Texas woman convicted of the starvation and torture death of her girlfriend's 9-year-old son a decade ago was executed Wednesday evening.

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An Arizona Corrections Officer adjusts the straps on the gurney used for lethal injections at the Arizona State Prison at Florence, Ariz. (AP Photo/Arizona Department of Corrections)
An Arizona Corrections Officer adjusts the straps on the gurney used for lethal injections at the Arizona State Prison at Florence, Ariz. (AP Photo/Arizona Department of Corrections)
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Arizona execution renews debate over death methods

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A third execution by lethal injection has gone awry in six months, renewing debate over whether there is a foolproof way for the government to humanely kill condemned criminals, and whether it's even worth looking for one.

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 denied a final, last-ditch appeal from Joseph Rudolph Wood.  (AP Photo/Arizona Department of Corrections, File)
The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 denied a final, last-ditch appeal from Joseph Rudolph Wood. (AP Photo/Arizona Department of Corrections, File)
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Transcript shows concerns during Arizona execution

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) -- U.S. District Judge Neil V. Wake was attending a ceremony for a judicial colleague when he received an urgent - and unusual - request: Lawyers for a condemned inmate wanted him to stop an execution that didn't seem to be working.

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 denied a final, last-ditch appeal from Joseph Rudolph Wood.  (AP Photo/Arizona Department of Corrections, File)
The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 denied a final, last-ditch appeal from Joseph Rudolph Wood. (AP Photo/Arizona Department of Corrections, File)
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Arizona inmate dies 2 hours after execution began

PHOENIX (AP) -- A condemned Arizona inmate gasped and snorted for more than an hour and a half during his execution Wednesday before he died in an episode sure to add to the scrutiny surrounding the death penalty in the U.S.

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Death Chamber at Southern Ohio Correctional Facility
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Sweeney sounds off on reinstating death penalty

Senate President Steve Sweeney said legislation to bring back the death penalty for certain murders should not be reinstated so quickly.

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Should NJ reinstate the death penalty for cop killers?
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US judge rules against California death penalty

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A federal judge ruled California's death penalty unconstitutional Wednesday, writing that lengthy and unpredictable delays have resulted in an arbitrary and unfair capital punishment system.

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Should NJ reinstate the death penalty for cop killers?
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Should NJ have a death penalty for cop killers?

As tensions rise in Jersey City over the horrific death of officer Melvin Santiago, Assemblyman Ron Dancer is trying to renew conversation to bring back to death penalty for cop killers.

According to Kevin McArdle's report, the bill would be reinstated if: the victim was a

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Death penalty for cop killers: NJ lawmaker

Assemblyman Ron Dancer said Jersey City police officer Melvin Santiago's murder might not have been prevented if the death penalty still existed in New Jersey, but the incident has at least renewed that conversation.

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Convicted killer John E. Winfield faces execution early Wednesday in Missouri.  (AP Photo/Missouri Department of Corrections, File)
Convicted killer John E. Winfield faces execution early Wednesday in Missouri. (AP Photo/Missouri Department of Corrections, File)
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Upcoming US Executions Getting Closer Scrutiny

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- There have been no U.S. executions in the seven weeks since an Oklahoma inmate died of a heart attack following a botched lethal injection. That soon could change, with three convicted killers scheduled to die in the span of about 24 hours.

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In this Oct. 13, 1999 file photo, Ricky Bell, then warden at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, Tenn., gives a tour of the prison's execution chamber. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)
In this Oct. 13, 1999 file photo, Ricky Bell, then warden at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, Tenn., gives a tour of the prison's execution chamber. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)
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Tennessee Dusts Off Electric Chair as Execution Option

Tennessee is "ready as needed" to use the electric chair if it can't get the drugs used for lethal injections, the state's top prisons official said Friday.

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