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The Broward County state attorney will seek the death penalty in its case against Nikolas Cruz, who is charged with 17 counts of murder in the Parkland, Fla., shooting. Cruz is seen here at a hearing Feb. 19 in Fort Lauderdale. Getty Images hide caption

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William Morva's lawyers, Virginia state legislators, U.N. experts and even a daughter of one of his victims called for his execution to be stopped. Virginia Department of Corrections/AP hide caption

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In March, State Attorney Aramis Ayala announced she wouldn't seek the death penalty in murder cases. Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images hide caption

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Arkansas wrapped up an aggressive execution schedule Thursday, putting to death its fourth inmate in eight days. Kenneth Williams, 38, received a lethal injection Thursday night at the Cummins Unit prison at Varner, Ark. Arkansas Department of Correction/AP hide caption

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The Supreme Court justices took up a death penalty case on Monday, looking at an inmate's right to help from a mental health expert. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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Justices Split Over Defendants' Right To Mental Health Expert Witnesses

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James Edmund McWilliams Jr. was sentenced to death in 1986 for the rape and murder of a convenience store clerk during a robbery. Alabama Dept. of Corrections hide caption

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Supreme Court To Decide If Prosecution, Defense Can Share Experts in Capital Case

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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. Nevada Department of Corrections via AP hide caption

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States Find Other Execution Methods After Difficulties With Lethal Injection

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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. Orlando Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images hide caption

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