Joe Wood was a convicted killer, sentenced to death for murdering his estranged girlfriend and her father. But despite taking two lives, many don’t agree with how his life was taken. Witnesses say Wood gasped more than 600 times during the execution, and one witness said he looked like “a fish on shore gulping for air.”
In a new tactic, death penalty opponents are lobbying state health regulators to prohibit pharmacists from mixing drugs for lethal injection. They’re starting in Minnesota, where capital punishment doesn’t exist and where there isn’t evidence pharmacists are supplying the drugs. The debate began Wednesday in Minnesota’s Board of Pharmacy. It will resume in September.
A South Dakota lawmaker says he’ll ask the Legislature to repeal the death penalty in the session that starts Tuesday in Pierre.
A legal expert who has followed the death penalty case of a Minnesota man convicted for killing a University of North Dakota student says his final appeal could last at least three years.
A last ditch legal effort is being made to keep convicted killer Alfonso Rodriguez, Jr. off an Indiana Federal prison’s death row. Rodriguez, Jr. is the man convicted back in 2006 for the kidnapping, rape and killing of University of North Dakota college student, Dru Sjodin.
Jurors who sent a South Dakota man to death row for the 1990 rape and murder of a 9-year-old girl should have been told he would have been ineligible for parole had he been sentenced to life in prison, a defense attorney argued Thursday before a federal appeals court in Minnesota.