While facing a number of issues surrounding lethal injection as a execution method, some states like Mississippi are creating back-up plans of alternative methods. These methods include using a gas chamber, an electric chair or a firing squad to carry out executions.
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Orange County State Attorney Aramis Ayala announced last month that she would no longer seek the death penalty in Orange and Osceola counties. On Monday, Florida Gov. Rick Scott reassigned 22 murder cases from Ayala.
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The death chamber at the Southern Ohio Corrections Facility in Lucasville, Ohio, as seen in 2005. A federal judge has rejected the state's lethal injection drug protocol, postponing three upcoming executions.
Gray was convicted of murdering an entire family in 2006 and given the death penalty for killing the children. His execution would be the first known instance of any state using a dose of the sedative midazolam that was procured from a compounding pharmacy.
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Melvin Graham, whose sister Cynthia Hurd was murdered by Dylann Roof, makes a statement outside the federal courthouse in Charleston, S.C., on Tuesday.
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Anti-death penalty activists, including members of MoveOn.org and other advocay groups, rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court in a final attempt to prevent the execution of Oklahoma inmate Richard Glossip on Sept. 29.
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