capital punishment

Washington Department of Corrections

On January 25, 1997, Cecil Emile Davis, a “violent offender” on state supervision, broke into the Tacoma home of 65-year-old Yoshiko Couch. Once inside he raped and beat her and then suffocated her by holding a rag soaked in cleaning solvents over her mouth.

Davis was later convicted of aggravated first degree murder and sentenced to death.

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

A bipartisan proposal to repeal the death penalty in Washington state will get a hearing Wednesday morning. But the Democratic chair of the House Judiciary Committee said there’s no plan to hold a vote on the measure.

Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

A bipartisan group of Washington state politicians Monday endorsed the abolishment of the death penalty. The group included the current Democratic Attorney General Bob Ferguson and his Republican predecessor Rob McKenna.

The pair were flanked at a capitol news conference by Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee and a half-dozen senators and representatives from both parties.

Oregon Department of Corrections

Prosecutors in Washington state want voters to decide in 2016 whether to keep or repeal the death penalty. It’s been 40 years since Washington voters last weighed-in on the death penalty. King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg says the time has come for voters to have another say on the subject.

Death Penalty Costs In Idaho Difficult To Pin Down

Mar 19, 2014
Idaho Department of Correction

Death penalty cases take longer to work through Idaho's court system, but it's hard to put a dollar figure on the extra expense, according to a new report.

Oregon Department of Corrections

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has announced a de facto moratorium on the death penalty.

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

Washington Governor Jay Inslee says as long as he’s in office the state won’t execute death row inmates.

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

The next time a death row inmate is executed by lethal injection in Washington state, witnesses will see more of the process.

Oregon Department of Corrections

Tuesday's Supreme Court ruling means that two-time murderer Gary Haugen will not be executed for the foreseeable future.

Oregon Department of Corrections

The Oregon Supreme Court is set to hear arguments Thursday in a case involving a death row inmate who wants to die. Two-time murderer Gary Haugen is trying to reject a reprieve issued by Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber.

It's definitely an unusual situation. Normally you'd expect people on death row to be happy about having their execution delayed. But Haugen had dropped all of his appeals and was actually trying to be executed. He repeatedly told judges that he was ready. And the courts ruled him competent to make that decision.

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