Minister Lynn Hopkins, left, comforts her partner Carolyn Bond after hearing that the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a last minute plea of Georgia death row inmate Troy Davis.
September 22, 2011 As protesters argued that the Georgia man's guilt was in doubt, the victim's loved ones found some closure. Troy Davis was executed for the killing of a police officer in 1989.
April 1, 2011 Kentucky and Tennessee have become the second and third states to turn over their supplies of an increasingly rare lethal-injection drug to the Justice Department.
March 9, 2011 Illinois has banned the death penalty, joining 15 other states that have abolished capital punishment for convicted prisoners. Gov. Patrick Quinn signed the bill to end the practice and commuted the sentences of 15 inmates who had been on the state's Death Row.
December 16, 2010 Oklahoma prepares to execute condemned prisoner with substitute drug
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