Jan 16, 2014 — The state has run out of the drug used in past executions. The drugs administered to killer and rapist Dennis McGuire had not been used in Ohio before. He was treated "far more humanely" than the woman he killed, her family said Thursday.
Nov 20, 2013 — Joseph Paul Franklin, who was convicted of eight murders, suspected in as many as 20 others and who shot Hustler publisher Larry Flynt in 1978, was put to death Wednesday in Missouri. He also shot and seriously wounded civil rights leader Vernon Jordan in 1980.
Nov 12, 2013 — Joseph Paul Franklin, who shot the porn publisher in 1978, is scheduled to die Nov. 20 in Missouri. Flynt is seeking to block the execution through legal and public relations means.
Sep 25, 2013 — The Danish company that makes pentobarbital has refused to supply any more of the drug because the European Union opposes the death penalty.
Aug 19, 2013 — China is believed to have executed about 3,000 people in 2012 — a 75 percent decline from a decade ago. Amnesty International says the "overall trend globally is towards abolition" of the death penalty.