lethal injection

Doctors: Drugs Used for Lethal Injection Could Help COVID-19 Patients

A group of medical professionals is asking death penalty states for medications used both for lethal injections and to help coronavirus patients who are on ventilators. But a doctor who’s behind the request and a death penalty expert says secrecy surrounding executions could hinder those efforts because they don’t know what drugs states have. The letter was sent this month…

Alabama executes man for 1997 quadruple killing

Alabama has executed a man for a quadruple killing in 1997 that followed a dispute over the use of a pickup truck. Authorities say 41-year-old Michael Brandon Samra was given a lethal injection Thursday evening at the state prison in Atmore. Officials did not immediately release a time of death. Samra and friend Mark Duke were convicted of killing Duke’s…

Lethal Injection Slated for Alabama Man Convicted of 4 deaths in 1997

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama has scheduled a lethal injection for a man convicted in the 1997 deaths of four people, including two young girls. The Alabama Supreme Court set a May 16 execution date for Michael Brandon Samra. Samra was convicted of helping his friend Mark Duke kill his father Randy Duke, his father’s girlfriend Debra Hunt and her…

Alabama Set to Execute a Death Row Inmate Today

Tommy Arthur has avoided execution seven times.

The Seventy-five-year-old inmate is scheduled to be put to death Thursday for the 1982 murder-for-hire of Troy Wicker. Judy Wicker initially told police a black man broke into the house, raped her and killed her husband. After her conviction, she testified that Arthur killed her husband while wearing a wig and makeup. Arthur’s legal team has made last-minute appeals seeking…

Execution Carried Out

Inmate convicted of a robbery/murder in 1994

Here is a timeline of the execution of an Alabama Death Row inmate last night at Holman Prison in Atmore. ATMORE, Ala. (AP) – The Latest on the scheduled execution of an Alabama inmate (all times local): 11:15 p.m. A man convicted of killing a convenience store clerk has been put to death in Alabama, hours after the state’s execution…

Supreme Court says Alabama Execution Can Proceed

The U.S. Supreme Court has again ruled that Alabama can move forward with the execution of an inmate convicted of killing a convenience store clerk more than two decades ago. The Supreme Court ruled late Thursday that the execution could proceed, after issuing two temporary delays earlier in the night. Ronald Bert Smith Jr. is scheduled to receive a lethal…

AL Inmate to Be Executed for 1982 ‘Murder-for-Hire’

Alabama is preparing to execute an inmate who was convicted in the 1982 killing of a man in a murder-for-hire arrangement. Tommy Arthur is scheduled to receive a lethal injection at 6 p.m. Thursday. Arthur, now 74, was convicted of murdering Troy Wicker in 1982 as the man slept inside his Muscle Shoals home. Investigators said Arthur was having an…