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    PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona prisoner is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection in less than three weeks for killing an 8-year-old girl, marking the second condemned man to decline lethal gas since the state refurbished its gas chamber — a method of execution that hasn’t been used in the United States in more than 20 years. Frank Atwood declined to pick a method of execution when corrections officials asked him if he wanted to die by lethal injection or the gas chamber. Lethal injection is Arizona’s default execution method when condemned prisoners refuse to make a selection. Clarence Dixon, who earlier this month became the first prisoner to be executed in Arizona since July 2014, also had refused to make a choice on his execution method. The last lethal gas execution in the United States was carried out in 1999 in Arizona, which refurbished its gas chamber at the prison in Florence, southeast of Phoenix, in late 2020. The state also had purchased materials to make hydrogen cyanide gas, which was used in some past U.S. executions...
    AN Arizona death row inmate has been put to death, becoming the first state execution in eight years after killing a 21-year-old college student. Clarence Dixon, 66, was put to death by lethal injection Wednesday morning at Florence State Prison after a last attempt to block his execution was denied by the Supreme Court. 3Death row inmate Clarence Dixon, 66, was put to death by lethal injection on Wednesday in ArizonaCredit: AP:Associated Press 3Clarence Dixon was convicted of the brutal murder of Arizona State University student Deana BowdoinCredit: Family handout 3Clarence Dixon's execution was the first in Arizona since 2014Credit: AP:Associated Press Before his execution, Dixon requested Kentucky Fried Chicken, a half-pint of strawberry ice cream and a bottle of water as his last meal. Dixon was convicted in 2008 for the 1978 murder of Arizona State University student Deana Bowdoin, 21. Authorities said Bowdoin, who was found dead in her apartment in Tempe, had been raped, stabbed and strangled with a belt. The slaying went unsolved until 2001, when DNA profiling linked Dixon to the crime. Read more in...
    FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona man who killed a college student has died by lethal injection in the state’s first execution since 2014. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona man convicted of killing a college student in 1978 is scheduled to become the first person to be executed in the state after a nearly eight-year hiatus in its use of the death penalty. Clarence Dixon, 66, is scheduled to die by lethal injection Wednesday morning at the state prison in Florence for his murder conviction in the killing of 21-year-old Arizona State University student Deana Bowdoin. If the execution goes ahead as planned, he will be the sixth inmate to be put to death in the United States this year. In recent weeks, Dixon’s lawyers have made arguments to the courts to postpone his execution, but judges had so far rejected his argument that he is mentally unfit to be executed and had no rational understanding of why the state wanted to put him to death. Dixon declined the option of being executed by the gas chamber — a method that hasn’t been used in the United States in more than two decades — after Arizona refurbished its gas chamber in late 2020....
    PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Supreme Court on Monday declined to overturn a lower court ruling that found a man set to be executed this week is competent to be put to death. The high court without comment declined to review last week’s decision from a judge in Pinal County that rejected arguments that mental illness made Clarence Dixon unable to understand why he was being put to death. While the judge found Dixon does suffer from schizophrenia, he said Dixon is rational and understands the proceedings in his case well enough to show he is competent. Dixon’s lawyers are now expected to ask a federal judge in Phoenix to consider his competency as part of a flurry of last-minute court action they hope will prevent Wednesday’s scheduled execution. U.S. District Court Judge Diane Humetewa has scheduled a late-morning hearing to consider Dixon’s contention that the state plans to use an expired drug to put him to death. The state contends the sedative sodium pentobarbital that was compounded into a solution by a licensed pharmacist met expiration guidelines....
    PHOENIX (AP) — A prisoner scheduled to be executed in three weeks in what would be Arizona’s first use of the death penalty in nearly eight years will die by lethal injection and not in the gas chamber — a method that hasn’t been used in the United States in more than two decades. Clarence Dixon declined to pick a method of execution when officials asked him if he wanted to die by lethal injection or the gas chamber, leaving him to be put to death by lethal injection — the default method for condemned prisoners who don’t make a decision, Dixon’s defense team said Wednesday. Dixon is scheduled to be executed on May 11 with an injection of pentobarbital for his conviction in the 1977 murder of Arizona State University student Deana Bowdoin. Prosecutors believe the execution will likely be delayed if a judge goes forward with a hearing to determine whether Dixon is mentally fit to be put to death. The last lethal gas execution in the United States was carried out in 1999 in Arizona. The horrific...
    PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Supreme Court issued an execution warrant Thursday for a death-row prisoner in what would be the state’s first use of the death penalty in nearly eight years. The state’s highest court set a May 11 execution date for Clarence Dixon, who was convicted and sentenced to death in the 1977 killing of a college student. The last time Arizona used the death penalty was in July 2014, when Joseph Wood was given 15 doses of a two-drug combination over two hours in an execution that his lawyers said had been botched. Dixon has 20 days to decide whether to be injected with a lethal drug or be executed by the gas chamber. If he doesn’t make a choice, lethal injection will serve as the default method of execution. Arizona, where the nation’s last lethal-gas execution was carried out more than two decades ago before the United States rejected the brutal nature of the deaths, refurbished its gas chamber in late 2020. Corrections officials have declined to say why they are restarting the gas...
    IT was one of the most grisly botched executions in history. A Death Row killer who "slowly fried" to death in a horror 14-minute electrocution after it took three jolts to kill him. 4John Louis Evans III suffered one of the most grisly botched executions in historyCredit: Getty John Louis Evans III was put to death on Alabama's infamous Yellow Mama electric chair in 1983. Eyewitnesses described the "stench of burning flesh" as "nauseating." The drifter had killed pawnbroker Edward Nassar in Mobile in January 1977 and confessed to a string of crimes including robberies, kidnapping and extortion. Prosecutors are said to have rejected his guilty plea; they wanted to secure an execution through a conviction from a jury, The Daily Star reports. 4Eyewitnesses described the 'stench of burning flesh' as 'nauseating' after Evans III was put to death on Alabama's infamous Yellow Mama electric chair in 1983Credit: AP:Associated Press And, after Evans is said to have shown no remorse for his actions, the death penalty was confirmed. Eyewitness Russell F. Canan wrote in Burning at the Wire: The...
    Courtesy ABC15 Arizona/via YouTube The state of Arizona is planning to use hydrogen cyanide, a lethal gas known as Zyklon B used by the Nazis at Auschwitz, in its own executions, according to a report in The Guardian. “Documents obtained by The Guardian reveal that Arizona’s department of corrections has spent more than $2,000 in procuring the ingredients to make cyanide gas,” the Guardian reported Tuesday. “It also purchased sodium hydroxide pellets and sulfuric acid which are intended to be used to generate the deadly gas,” the Guardian added. Hydrogen cyanide gas, also known as Zyklon B, was used by Nazis in the gas chambers at Auschwitz and other Nazi concentration camps. The use of the Nazi-era chemical gas is notable, as Arizona has recently ramped up efforts to restart executions, which have been suspended since 2014, when the botched execution of Joseph Wood by lethal injection took two hours. The last time Arizona used the gas chamber to execute someone was in 1999. It reportedly lasted 18 minutes. According to the Guardian, Arizona has spent $1.5 million on pentobarbital,...
    Arizona’s Department of Corrections is preparing to use the same deadly gas Nazi Germany deployed in concentration camps during the Holocaust to execute death row inmates, according to documents obtained by the UK newspaper The Guardian. Zyklon B, a highly poisonous insecticide used to kill rats and insects, was also deployed in execution gas chambers in the U.S., including in Arizona in 1920. The lethal pesticide attacks the brain, causes extreme pain, violent seizures and kills anyone who inhales it from cardiac arrest “within seconds,” according to Sven Anders, a coroner from the University Clinic of Hamburg-Eppendorf. The corrections department has spent more than $2,000 on ingredients to make the cyanide gas, including a solid brick of potassium cyanide, sodium hydroxide pellets and sulfuric acid. Additional documents showed the state’s refurbishment of a gas chamber in Florence, Ariz., that has not been used in 22 years. It was built in 1949. The chamber was tested for "operational functionality" and "air tightness" last summer and was refurbished in December. Officials then "verbally indicated that the vessel is operationally ready." In a statement...
    PHOENIX (AP) — Prosecutors have told the Arizona Supreme Court that they intend on soon seeking execution warrants for two death-row inmates in what would be the state’s first executions in almost seven years. Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s office said Tuesday that it’s asking the high court to set a briefing schedule before filing execution warrants for Clarence Dixon and Frank Atwood. Arizona put executions on hold after the 2014 death of Joseph Wood, who was given 15 doses of a two-drug combination over two hours. His attorney said the execution was botched. Plus, Arizona and other states have struggled to buy execution drugs in recent years after U.S. and European pharmaceutical companies began blocking the use of their products in lethal injections. Arizona corrections officials revealed a month ago that they had finally obtained a lethal injection drug and were ready to resume executions. “Capital punishment is the law in Arizona and the appropriate response to those who commit the most shocking and vile murders,” Brnovich said in a statement. “This is about the administration of justice and ensuring...
    By JACQUES BILLEAUD, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona has finally obtained a lethal injection drug and is ready to resume executions after the difficulty of finding such drugs led to a nearly seven-year hiatus in carrying out the death penalty in the state, corrections officials said Friday. The Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry confirmed that the state has obtained pentobarbital, but it declined to say how much of the drug it has gotten or reveal its source. The agency cited a state law that keeps the identities of executioners and others who assist in carrying out the death penalty confidential. Finding a pharmacist to prepare lethal injections was one of the barriers the state faced since it put executions on hold after a botched execution in 2014. Twenty-one of Arizona’s 115 death-row inmates have exhausted all appeals of their sentences. Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s office said the state soon expects to file its first death warrant, clearing the way for executions since the hiatus began. “This is an important step for the victims and their families, many...
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