Ohio Carries Out Its First Execution Since 2014

By MITCH SMITH July 26, 2017 An Ohio prisoner convicted of raping and murdering a toddler in Akron in 1993 was put to death on Wednesday morning, the state’s first execution in more than three years. The execution of Ronald Phillips, who was 19 when he...

After Grisly Killings in Pennsylvania, a Quick Deal to Spare Execution

By TRIP GABRIEL and ALAN BLINDER July 17, 2017 The police had been investigating the disappearance of four men in Pennsylvania for only a week when prosecutors sprang a deal on their chief suspect: Confess to murder and help the investigation, and...

Dostoyevsky, NPR and Mass Murder: Files Shed Light on Dylann Roof

By KEVIN SACK May 31, 2017 CHARLESTON, S.C. — In early January, after a series of closed-court hearings, a federal judge in Charleston allowed Dylann S. Roof to represent himself as prosecutors sought his execution for a murderous 2015 rampage at a...

Alabama Inmate Hopes to Dodge Death for an Eighth Time

By ALAN BLINDER May 24, 2017 Tommy Arthur, who was first sentenced to death in 1983, has long imagined what could be his end: time in a so-called death cell, a choice of a last meal, the final telephone calls and then a lethal injection. That end could come...