US executes fewer prisoners, but deaths are more brutal: report

An increase in botched executions highlights a year that had a sharp drop of state-sanctioned deaths


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By: Ed Pilkington
The Guardian
Thursday, December 18, 2014

When students of the US death penalty look back on the year 2014 they are likely to remember it as one of the most grotesque on record, punctuated by a series of botched executions in which prisoners writhed, gasped and groaned for lengthy periods on the gurney.


Texs Denies DNA Testing in Death Row Case of Rodney Reed


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By: Jordan Smith
The Intercept
Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A Texas judge on Tuesday ruled that no additional DNA testing is warranted in the case of condemned inmate Rodney Reed, sentenced to die for the 1996 murder of 19-year-old Stacey Stites.


Is Texas Getting Ready to Kill an Innocent Man?


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Rodney Reed's parents
By: Jordan Smith
The Intercept
Thursday, November 20, 2014

On a late October night in 2007, 20-year-old Connie Lear was playing cards and drinking with friends at an apartment complex just outside Austin, Texas, when she caught her fiance playing footsie under the table with another woman. Lear stormed out; her fiance followed her to the parking lot, where they got into a shouting match. Neighbors called the police.


Botched Lethal Injection Executions Reignite Death Penalty Debate


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In 2014, there were four botched executions, including one at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Okla.
By: Wade Goodwyn
NPR
Tuesday, January 6, 2015

This past year, the number of inmates executed in America was the lowest in two decades at 35, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.


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