Death-row inmate Jimmy Dean Harris died at a hospital two decades after the Oklahoma City murder that put him on death row.
PHILADELPHIA — From the very first death-penalty appeal he worked on, Marc Bookman came to understand how crucial writing can be in life-and-death matters. The verdict form was missing a single "s" — an error that changed the meaning of the verdict enough to overturn the sentence. The case also left him with a sense that the entire system of capital punishment can be arbitrary and even absurd, ...
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected the appeals of three Oklahoma death-row inmates and a federal death-row inmate whose crime was committed in a national forest in southeastern Oklahoma.
Saudi Arabia announced on Thursday it will seek the death penalty against five suspects in the slaying of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, a killing that has seen members of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's entourage implicated in the writer's assassination.
Without being aware of it, Vernon Madison might become a footnote in constitutional law because he is barely aware of anything.
Jerry Lee Newman is charged with first-degree felony murder in William Bruckman's death 14 months ago in a head-on collision as a stolen heavy-duty truck fled into oncoming traffic on U.S. 75 in north Tulsa.
We see no reason to rush our Oklahoma's move toward nitrogen executions, an untried method to capital punishment. The state took too many lumps over its lethal injection debacles. We'd just as soon see other states be the test cases. Oklahomans want justice and they want it quickly, but there's no reason we can lay back modestly and let other states prove the method in court and in practice.
He is accused in the Oklahoma case of choking to death Tiffany Johnston after abducting her on July 26, 1997, from at a car wash in Bethany.
I’ve got five reasons why I’m against the death penalty and the first is this: Ever since I was a naïve church boy, I’ve thought the death penalty was a direct contradiction of Chrisianity.
I understand the frustrations of anti-death penalty people. I also understand the "fry ’em" mentality of pro-death penalty people. I was once one of those.
Case-level costs for death penalty proceedings run about $700,000 more on average than instances in which prosecutors don't seek capital punishment, according to the Oklahoma Death Penalty Review Commission's report.
Our state’s leaders owe it to Oklahomans to review the commission’s recommendations and enact serious reforms to guarantee innocence protection, procedural fairness, and justice for all. Until then, the current moratorium should remain in place.
“What we all agreed on was that if you’re going to have the death penalty, it ought to be done right,” said former Gov. Brad Henry, who helped lead the review. “It ought to be done in a way that, as best we can, ensures no innocent person is ever put to death by the state of Oklahoma.”
Recently, there has been talk about the death penalty with it becoming more favorable to a sentence of life-without-parole. Some would argue that even though criminals are not actually getting executed, it is in a sense the death penalty without an execution date.
Colorado man Adam Densmore, charged with killing the mother of his child and dismembering her body, was driving a car seen on surveillance video pulling up to a dumpster in Okmulgee where her partial remains were recovered, according to a search warrant.
Gilbert Ray Postelle, 30, has told prison officials he is engaged to be married to Veronica Ward, 41, of Oklahoma City. He has told prison officials he has a minister lined up for the ceremony.
Oklahoma voters dealt educators a bitter defeat on Tuesday, turning down a 1 percent education sales tax by a wide margin.
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Michael Bever, 17, is charged with five counts of first-degree murder in the death of his parents and three younger siblings, as well as one count of assault and battery with intent to kill in connection with an attack on his teenage sister. His older brother has already pleaded guilty and is in prison.
There are now 11 inmates eligible for execution dates when the state resumes lethal injections.
Johnson, 49, remained expressionless during the sentencing.
After nearly three decades in Oklahoma prisons, Michael Nolte walked out of the Joseph Harp Correctional Center at Lexington a free man after DNA evidence cleared him of first-degree murder.
Sammy Van Woudenberg, 65, had been convicted of first-degree murder in 1983 for his role in the strangulation death of a Muskogee County Jail inmate, and he was convicted previously of killing Oscar Louis Cates during a party in Tulsa in April 1973.