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  The Tennessee Supreme Court is fast-tracking the appeal in a challenge of the state's lethal injection drugs.

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Tennessee is set to execute its first inmate since 2009 on Thursday evening, barring any last-minute intervention from the U.S. Supreme Court or some unexpected change.

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The trial for what could be the first death penalty case in Calloway County in 100 years is set for January 7.

In Calloway County Circuit Court on Monday, Judge Jamie Jameson indicated the jury selection process will begin soon for the case involving 23-year-old Pascasio Pacheco of Mayfield.

Pacheco is accused of shooting his aunt and uncle (Marisol Hernandez-Arallano and Bulmaro Arellano) in Calloway County and setting fire to their home, killing their two small children (Marisol and Miguel) in November 2015.

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Death penalty supporters and opponents both say that Kentucky’s capital punishment system is too expensive, lengthy and in need of reform.

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposal to reinstate the death penalty for certain violent crimes, as well as other changes he made to gun legislation, will get a House hearing.


  Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner wants to reinstate the death penalty in the state for mass murderers and those who kill police officers.

As public support for the death penalty wanes, the number of executions and projected death sentences in 2017 rose only slightly, remaining at nearly 25-year lows, according to the annual report released Thursday by the Death Penalty Information Center.

There were 23 executions this year, the center says. Over the past 25 years, only last year's total, 20, was lower.

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A Kentucky judge says the state's death penalty law is unconstitutional for defendants who were under the age of 21 when they allegedly committed their crimes. 

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A Trigg County man charged with orchestrating the killings of his parents, sister and an acquaintance has avoided the death penalty by accepting a plea deal. 

Ryan Champion pleaded guilty to four murder counts and one count of kidnapping in court today.

The New Conservative Push to End Capital Punishment

Aug 12, 2016
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After decades of defending capital punishment, some conservative Republicans are walking away from the death penalty.