Death penalty

Kansas attorney general appeals two death penalty decisions
October 17, 2014
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has formally appealed a decision to vacate death sentences of three men convicted in two separate murder cases.
Kansas court overturns brothers’ death sentences
10:03 a.m., July 25, 2014 Updated 04:15 p.m.
The Kansas Supreme Court ruled 6-1 Friday to vacate the death sentences of two brothers convicted of multiple homicides in Wichita in December 2000. By Peter Hancock
Death sentence in 2004 Kansas murders overturned
July 18, 2014
The Kansas Supreme Court has overturned the death sentence for a man convicted of capital murder in the 2004 killings of a Great Bend woman and her boyfriend.
Kansas inmate disputes lawyer’s claims on death penalty trial strategy
June 7, 2014
A Kansas prison inmate awaiting a new trial after the Kansas Supreme Court reversed his capital murder conviction and death sentence is firing back at the attorney who represented him when he was convicted in 2005 of killing two women and trying to kill a third.
Death penalty in Kansas: Will the state ever execute another prisoner?
May 31, 2014
On the morning of June 22, 1965, George York was the last person executed by the state of Kansas. In recent years, several states have banned capital punishment. It is on hiatus in some states because of problems obtaining the drugs used in lethal injections, which has led to botched executions, mostly recently in Oklahoma. But in Kansas, the death penalty is in a sort of legal limbo: still on the books, just not being carried out. By Giles Bruce
Official says Kansas planned for execution review
April 30, 2014
A spokesman for the Kansas prison system says the agency was already planning to review the state’s execution process before a botched execution in Oklahoma.
Nun who inspired ‘Dead Man Walking’ to discuss death penalty in Lawrence
January 23, 2014
Sister Helen Prejean, the inspiration for the book and movie “Dead Man Walking,” will visit Lawrence next week to discuss the death penalty and its abolition.
Prosecutors, defense attorneys clash over proposed changes to Hard 50 law
August 26, 2013
State legislators today proposed patching the Kansas law that requires heinous murderers to serve at least 50 years in prison, but defense attorneys said the fix won’t last. The so-called Hard 50 law was thrown into question by a recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. By Scott Rothschild
Kansans wanting to repeal the death penalty applaud Maryland’s action
May 2, 2013
Kansans calling for repeal of the state’s death penalty were glad to hear on Thursday that Maryland became the 18th state to abolish capital punishment. By Scott Rothschild
Statehouse Live: Kansas opponents of death penalty tout Illinois repeal
March 9, 2011
House Bill 2323, which would repeal the Kansas death penalty and replace it with a sentence of life without the possibility of parole, is currently in the House Federal and State Affairs Committee.
Man suspected of murdering Great Bend teen challenges Kansas death penalty
January 22, 2011
The man accused of killing a teenager whose charred body was found at the Great Bend asphalt plant has challenged the constitutionality of the Kansas death penalty.
Exonerated prisoner seeks end of death penalty
August 20, 2010
The criminal justice system makes mistakes.
Showing of documentary film on death penalty planned Aug. 19 at Lawrence Arts Center
August 9, 2010
The ACLU and the Kansas Coalition Against the Death Penalty will host the documentary film “No Tomorrow” at 6 p.m. Aug. 19 at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H.
Appeals keep executions a long way off
March 1, 2010
Kansas legislators recently completed an exhaustive review of the death penalty that resulted in a 20-20 vote in the Senate that left capital punishment on the books.
Bill to abolish the death penalty fails in Kansas Senate
08:15 a.m., February 19, 2010 Updated 05:42 p.m.
Since 1994 when capital punishment was re-instated in Kansas, 10 men have been sentenced to die, but no executions have occurred.