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Taliban stages first public execution since retaking Afghanistan

The Taliban put a murder suspect to death Wednesday, the fundamentalist regime’s first official public execution since retaking control of Afghanistan last year. The man accused of a fatal stabbing in 2017 was shot and killed by the victim’s father in the western Farah province. The killing was attended by at least a dozen senior government officials, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said. The murder case had been investigated by three courts and the capital punishment was sanctioned by the Taliban’s reclusive supreme spiritual leader Mullah Haibatullah Akhunzada, according to Mujahid. The mother of the victim, named only as Mustafa, told the BBC that...
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Oklahoma panel votes to reject clemency for death row inmate

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A man convicted in the shotgun slayings of an elderly couple in eastern Oklahoma in 2003 and sentenced to die should not be spared from the death sentence, a state board decided Wednesday. The five-member Pardon and Parole Board voted 3-2 to reject clemency for Scott Eizember, 61, who is scheduled to receive a lethal injection on Jan. 12 at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester. Eizember’s attorneys did not deny his involvement in the Oct. 18, 2003, killings of A.J. Cantrell, 76, and his wife Patsy Cantrell, 70, but argued to the panel that the killings were unplanned and spontaneous and that his life still has value. “His prison history confirms that society is safe with him alive and in custody,” said his attorney, Mark Henricksen, who added that Eizember has been a model prisoner and achieved the highest inmate security clearance on death row.
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North Texas sheriff to seek death penalty for accused killer of 7-year-old Athena Strand

WISE COUNTY, Texas — The sheriff working the Athena Strand murder said Wednesday he will seek the death penalty for the accused abductor and murderer. Investigators are keeping information about the case involving the murder of 7-year-old Athena Strand close to their vest. However, there are some new details about Athena's accused killer who is behind bars at the Wise County Law Enforcement Center.
WISE COUNTY, TX
Advocate

Alleged Killer of Two Gay Men Says He Wants Death Sentence

Authorities say Steven Lorenzo of Florida drugged, sexually assaulted, and tortured two gay men before killing them. After years of fighting the charges, Lorenzo now says he wants to plead guilty and accept the death penalty. In December 2003, Lorenzo allegedly brought Jason Galehouse and Michael Wachholtz back to his...
TAMPA, FL
The Jewish Press

Iran Says 9 Could Face Death Penalty Over Assassination of Nuclear Scientist

An Iranian court said on Tuesday that nine people would be executed for the murder of one of Iran’s top nuclear scientists. According to judiciary spokesman Massoud Setayeshi, the nine prisoners were charged with “corruption on earth” and cooperation with Israel, both of which are capital offenses in the Islamic Republic, reported AFP.
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This week's Furry Friends are a family of cats from Animal Rescue Inc.!

NEW FREEDOM, Pa. — Our Furry Friends this week are Monkey, Milton and Maxine from Animal Rescue Inc. in New Freedom. Monkey is a long hair tuxedo who likes to be held like a baby, and he loves to give hugs. He will nuzzle his head into your neck and make muffins. His brother Milton, the short hair tuxedo is a little more reserved, but has the sweetest disposition.
NEW FREEDOM, PA
Forbes

Iran Hangs Protestor In Regime’s First Execution Over Anti-Government Demonstrations

Iran has executed a man arrested during the ongoing anti-government protests sweeping the nation, according to state media, the first known use of the death penalty in connection with the unrest as human rights groups warn of sham trials and intimidation tactics from a regime moving to quash one of the biggest challenges to its authority in decades.
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Belarus wants to bring in death penalty for ‘high treason’

Belarus wants to impose the death penalty for “high treason” committed by government officials and military personnel. On Wednesday, the lower chamber of Belarus’ parliament adopted a bill that envisages the death penalty for so-called high treason, “in order to prevent” possible actions by “destructive elements” in the country, according to the parliamentary media office.
Idaho State Journal

Ex-Border Patrol agent convicted of killing 4 women in Texas

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A former Border Patrol agent who confessed to killing four sex workers in 2018 was convicted Wednesday of capital murder, after jurors heard recordings of him telling investigators he was trying to “clean up the streets” of his South Texas hometown. Juan David...
TEXAS STATE
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