Crime Scene: Death Penalty

Posted at 08:24 AM ET, 01/11/2012

Md. prisoner’s trial in corrections officer’s death to begin

The trial could test recent changes to Maryland’s death penalty law.

By the Associated Press  |  08:24 AM ET, 01/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:34 AM ET, 10/28/2011

Death penalty possible for convicted Md. killer

A man convicted of killing a Towson gas station owner in a murder-for-hire plot could face the death penalty.

By the Associated Press  |  08:34 AM ET, 10/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:06 AM ET, 09/22/2011

Death penalty still possible for Md. inmate: Judge

An Anne Arundel County judge has ruled that the trial of a prisoner charged with killing a correctional officer will remain a death-penalty case.

By the Associated Press  |  08:06 AM ET, 09/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:57 AM ET, 09/21/2011

Md. court upholds death penalty standards

Maryland’s highest court has ruled that the standard jurors use in deciding whether to impose the death penalty is constitutional.

By the Associated Press  |  07:57 AM ET, 09/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:26 PM ET, 09/19/2011

Judge: Va. inmate can waive death sentence appeals

A judge in southwest Virginia says a state prison inmate is sane enough to waive automatic appeals of two death sentences.

By the Associated Press  |  05:26 PM ET, 09/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:09 AM ET, 09/07/2011

Two death penalty sentences for Va. inmate

A Virginia inmate who threatened to kill again if he didn’t get the death penalty for slaying another prisoner has gotten his wish.

By the Associated Press  |  08:09 AM ET, 09/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 08/13/2011

McDonnell says he won’t stop planned Va. execution

Gov. Bob McDonnell said Friday he will not stop next week’s execution of a man who was convicted of raping and killing an elderly Williamsburg woman.

By the Associated Press  |  10:20 AM ET, 08/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:45 PM ET, 08/08/2011

Va. to appeal after death row conviction overturned

The Virginia Attorney General’s office plans to appeal after a judge threw out the conviction of a Virginia death row inmate and chastised the prosecution for using a witness who lied on the stand.

By the Associated Press  |  05:45 PM ET, 08/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:48 AM ET, 08/06/2011

Appeal for Va. inmate facing execution

Lawyers for a Virginia inmate facing execution later this month filed an appeal Friday with the U.S. Supreme Court.

By the Associated Press  |  09:48 AM ET, 08/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:04 AM ET, 01/26/2011

Death penalty fought in Md. murder case

Lawyers for a man accused of killing an 11-year-old girl have filed a request to remove the death penalty as a sentencing option. The requests by public defenders Katy C. O'Donnell and Kay Beehler will be heard beginning Wednesday in...

By The Daily Times of Salisbury  |  08:04 AM ET, 01/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:28 AM ET, 01/18/2011

More death penalty talk in Md.

Within a month, a state panel will take up proposed rules on how lethal injections are administered in Maryland, a lawmaker who co-chairs the committee said Monday. State Sen. Paul Pinsky, D-Prince George's, said in an interview he believes the...

By The Associated Press  |  07:28 AM ET, 01/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 05/06/2010

Attorneys seek to block Va. killer Darick Walker's execution

Attorneys for a Virginia inmate set to be executed later this month are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to block the execution. Darick Walker's attorneys say executing him May 20 would be unconstitutional because of his subaverage intellectual functioning and...

By Washington Post Editors  |  01:17 PM ET, 05/06/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:12 PM ET, 04/22/2010

Va. OKs bill to let violent crime victims meet with death row inmates

Lorraine Whoberry tried for years to meet face-to-face with her daughter's killer before he was executed last month. She was repeatedly denied. So the day after she witnessed his execution, Whoberry sat down with Gov. Bob McDonnell and asked for...

By Washington Post Editors  |  02:12 PM ET, 04/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 03/23/2010

Female Va. death row inmate couldn't have plotted murders, attorneys say

Attorneys for Virginia's only female death row inmate say she was too dependent on other people and prescription drugs to have plotted to have her husband and stepson killed to collect insurance money. Attorneys for Teresa Lewis argued Tuesday before...

By Washington Post Editors  |  11:32 AM ET, 03/23/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:19 PM ET, 03/12/2010

McDonnell won't stay Va. convict Paul Powell's execution

Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell has declined to stop next week's execution of a man who killed his teen friend in 1999 then bragged about it to prosecutors once he thought he couldn't face the death penalty. McDonnell said Friday he...

By Washington Post Editors  |  04:19 PM ET, 03/12/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:27 AM ET, 02/12/2010

Va. capital punishment is for more than just triggerman

In my post about Virginia death row inmate Justin Michael Wolfe being granted a new evidentiary hearing in federal court, a reader responded with a question about the case. The reader, tdb001, wrote: How can Wolfe be "on Virginia's death...

By Josh White  |  08:27 AM ET, 02/12/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 01/25/2010

Supreme Court clears way for Va. man's execution

The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a convicted killer on Virginia's death row, clearing the way for his execution. The justices on Monday said they would no longer block the state from executing Paul Warner Powell, who was...

By Washington Post Editors  |  10:45 AM ET, 01/25/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)