Execution date set for former Missouri City police officer convicted in wife’s 1994 murder-for-hire death
An execution date has been set for a former Missouri City police officer who has been behind bars for more than 25 years after orchestrating his wife’s death. Robert Alan Fratta, 65, is scheduled to be executed at 6 p.m. on January 10, 2023.
🔒Texas executions: KPRC 2′s Robert Arnold shares details of the death chamber, stories from his extensive coverage of state’s harshest penalty
KPRC 2 investigative reporter Robert Arnold has covered multiple executions throughout his career in journalism. Here are some recollections of his coverage, from the details of the death chamber to the strangest moment he's ever experienced watching an execution.
‘She had to watch it:’ Assistant DA talks about 11-year-old who witnessed family’s execution; no bond for suspect
The woman accused of orchestrating the triple murder of a southwest Houston family appeared before a judge Monday morning. A representative from the Harris County District Attorney's Office talks about an 11-year-old girl who survived the shooting, detailing what she endured and the justice that is being sought.
‘We’ve been waiting for this’: Widow of HPD cop killed during traffic stop 30 years ago speaks out after execution date set for husband’s killer
Carl Wayne Buntion, who was convicted of killing Houston police officer James Irby during a 1990 traffic stop, is scheduled to be executed April 21, the Harris County district attorney announced Tuesday.
Oklahoma death row inmate convulsed, vomited during lethal injection, witness says, as state resumes executions
John Marion Grant's death came hours after the U.S. Supreme Court lifted a stay of execution and formally ends a six-year hiatus in Oklahoma following concerns over a string of botched lethal injections.washingtonpost.com
Here are the rules spiritual advisors must follow to be present inside Texas execution chamber
The Texas Department of Criminal Justice released its new protocols for allowing spiritual advisors to be present in the execution chamber at the time of an inmate’s death. This reversal comes two years after TDCJ halted the practice.
Navajo man asks to halt execution while seeking clemency
Mitchell was the first Native American sentenced to death since the resumption of the federal death penalty in 1994 and the only Native American awaiting his punishment. (Courtesy Auska Mitchell via AP)WASHINGTON The only Native American man on federal death row is asking a judge to halt his execution until he receives a determination to his clemency petition from the Justice Department and President Donald Trump. Mitchell submitted a clemency petition to the Justice Department after his execution was scheduled earlier this summer. The Justice Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Mitchell was the first Native American sentenced to death since the resumption of the federal death penalty in 1994 and the only Native American currently awaiting execution.
Judge halts 1st federal execution in 17 years, citing virus
A federal judge in Indiana on Friday halted the first federal execution planned in 17 years scheduled three days from now over COVID-19 concerns. Daniel Lee had been scheduled to die by lethal injection on Monday. The injunction delays the execution until there is no longer such an emergency. Lee, 47, of Yukon, Oklahoma, was convicted in Arkansas of the 1996 killings of gun dealer William Mueller, his wife, Nancy, and her 8-year-old daughter, Sarah Powell. The relatives of the victims had pleaded for years that Lee instead should receive the same life sentence as the ringleader in the deadly scheme.
US Supreme Court halts Texas execution over clergy question
The U.S. Supreme Court blocked Ruben Gutierrezs execution about an hour before he could have been executed. The Texas prison system last year banned clergy from the death chamber following a Supreme Court ruling that halted the execution of another inmate, Patrick Murphy, who had requested a Buddhist adviser be allowed in the chamber. Six executions scheduled in Texas for earlier this year were postponed by an appeals court or judges because of the outbreak. Gutierrezs attorneys had also sought a coronavirus-related delay but were turned down Friday by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. The Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops has filed a brief with the high court in support of Gutierrez.