Alabama inmate Anthony Ray Hinton walked out of prison Friday as a free man after 30 years on death row. He told a gathering of family and supporters that "the sun does shine."
Oklahoma has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to issue stays of executions for three death-row inmates scheduled for lethal injection this week because the justices are set to hear a challenge to one of the drugs the state uses.
This week marks 15 years that a Texoma serial killer has been on death row.
Oklahoma revealed Tuesday it intends to use an untested cocktail to execute two death-row inmates later this month.
A Texas woman convicted of the gruesome slaying and robbery of her neighbor is set to be the first woman put to death in the United States since 2010.
The population on Texas' death row is at its lowest in more than 20 years, and the number of new death sentences, though slightly up in 2012, continues a downward trend even in the nation's busiest death penalty state.