His first death sentence was overturned by the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals because of an improper prosecution argument. He was again sentenced to death by a jury in 2013, but that was overturned based on a new legal standard for retardation.
June 27, 2017
Frein was the subject of a six-week manhunt until he was arrested on Oct. 30, 2014. He was convicted last week of 12 charges, including first-degree murder and terrorism. He'd faced the possibility of life in prison or the death penalty.
April 27, 2017
Ayala told the judge she believes the governor overstepped his bounds by removing her and she had already turned in a notice to not seek the death penalty against Loyd so the accused cop killer should not face capital punishment.
March 21, 2017
Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday removed Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala from the case of accused cop killer Markeith Loyd after she announced that she would not pursue the death penalty in his or any other case during her tenure.
March 17, 2017
"[Lt. Debra Clayton] was killed by an evil murderer who did not think twice about senselessly ending her life. I completely disagree with State Attorney Ayala's decision and comments and I am asking her to recuse herself immediately from this case," Florida Gov. Rick Scott said.
March 16, 2017
Mississippi lawmakers are advancing a proposal to add firing squad, electrocution and gas chamber as execution methods in case a court blocks the use of lethal injection drugs.
February 9, 2017
Lawler ambushed two Atlanta police officers on October 12, 1997 -- Officer John Richard Sowa, and Officer Patricia Cocciolone. He shot them both multiple times. He killed Sowa, and nearly killed Cocciolone, leaving her with permanent brain injury.
October 20, 2016
The Cleveland County (NC) District Attorney's Office confirmed Wednesday they will be seeking the death penalty in the trial of accused cop killer Irving Fenner Jr.
September 15, 2016
A New York City street gang member was sentenced to death on Wednesday in the execution-style slayings of two undercover police officers in 2003 — the latest chapter in a case that's seen his original death sentence overturned, his behind-bars affair with a prison guard exposed and the massive cost of his defense questioned.
July 30, 2016
The Supreme Court ruled Monday morning in favor of a death row inmate in a case concerning race discrimination in jury selection.
May 23, 2016
Lonnie Franklin Jr. was found guilty on 10 counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder in the "Grim Sleeper" serial killings that targeted vulnerable young black women over 20 years in South Los Angeles.
May 5, 2016
A man on death row for killing two undercover New York City police officers cannot be executed because he meets the legal standard to be considered intellectually disabled, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.
March 17, 2016
Florida's death penalty sentencing process violates the constitutional rights of criminal defendants by granting judges powers that juries should wield, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday.
January 12, 2016
James and three other uniformed officers were working off-duty at a local club when a brawl involving Escamilla and other men started. Escamilla pulled out a gun and opened fire on the officers as they tried to break up the fight.
October 15, 2015
A jury of seven women and five men sentenced Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death by execution.
May 15, 2015