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Attorneys for a Native American man set to be executed August 26th in Indiana say the government isn’t following proper execution protocols.

Lezmond Mitchell, a member of the Navajo Nation in Arizona, was convicted of murdering a grandmother and her granddaughter in 2001.

Documents filed in Arizona Federal Court say the Bureau of Prisons is in violation of a 1937 statute that says: “The manner of inflicting the punishment of death shall be the manner prescribed by the laws of the State within which the sentence is imposed.”


UNDATED (AP) — Anti-death penalty activists have asked a federal judge to order Indiana State Police to stop blocking roads to a prison where federal executions have resumed after a 17-year pause. A lawsuit filed on their behalf Tuesday says the roadblocks constitute unconstitutional no-protest zones and impede protesters’ free-speech rights.  Hours before three July executions, troopers cut off public roads to the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana.



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Attorneys for an inmate sentenced to death says the federal government has set an execution date for August 26th at the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute.

Lezmond Mitchell was sentenced to death for murdering a 63-year-old woman and her granddaughter in October 2001. Mitchell was sentenced to death in October 2003. 

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Six counties in West Central Indiana were designated a 21st Century Talent Region Monday by the state. It's meant to focus efforts on attracting and educating a local workforce.

NEW: Third Execution Carried Out In Terre Haute This Week

Jul 16, 2020


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — The U.S. government has put to death an Iowa chemistry student-turned-meth kingpin convicted of killing two children and three adults. It is the third execution by the federal government in one week after a hiatus of nearly 20 years. Dustin Honken, who prosecutors said killed key witnesses to stop them from testifying in his drugs case, received a lethal injection at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana. Two others were also put to death this week: Kansan Wesley Purkey and Oklahoman Daniel Lewis Lee.

THE LATEST: U.S. Executes 2nd Man In A Week; Lawyers Said He Had Dementia

Jul 15, 2020
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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — The United States has carried out its second federal execution this week, killing by lethal injection a Kansas man whose lawyers contended he had dementia and was unfit to be executed. Wesley Ira Purkey was put to death Thursday at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana. Purkey was convicted of kidnapping and killing a girl in Missouri before dismembering her body. He expressed remorse right before he was executed, saying he regretted the "pain and suffering" he caused. The Supreme Court cleared the way for Purkey's execution to take place just hours before. Another man, Daniel Lewis Lee, was put to death Tuesday, ending a 17-year hiatus on federal executions.



TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — A U.S. judge has halted the execution of a federal death row inmate whose lawyers argue suffers from dementia. Wesley Ira Purkey was slated to be the second inmate executed by the government after a nearly 20-year hiatus ended this week. But a judge in Washington, D.C., imposed two injunctions Wednesday. The Justice Department is appealing in both cases. Purkey's lawyers say he can no longer grasp why he’s slated to die. Purkey, of Lansing, Kansas, was convicted of the 1998 killing of a girl in Kansas City, Missouri, and was scheduled for execution at the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana. Another man, Daniel Lewis Lee, was put to death there Tuesday. 

UPDATE: U.S.Carries Out The 1st Federal Execution In Nearly 2 Decades

Jul 11, 2020
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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — The U.S. has carried out the first federal execution in nearly two decades, putting to death a man who was convicted of killing an Arkansas family in the 1990s in a plot to build a whites-only nation in the Pacific Northwest. Forty-seven-year-old Daniel Lewis Lee, of Yukon, Oklahoma, died Tuesday after receiving a lethal injection at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana. Lee said before his execution that he was innocent. His the first death row inmate to be executed since 2003. Lee's execution came over the objection of the victims' family and following a series of legal challenges related to the raging coronavirus pandemic.

Nuns Protesting Upcoming Executions In Terre Haute

Jul 9, 2020

A religious order plans to protest three upcoming executions at the federal penitentiary in Terre Haute.

Members of the Sisters of Providence, St. Mary of the Woods will hold a vigil Monday afternoon before the scheduled 4:00 pm execution of Daniel Lee.

The vigil will take place on Springhill Road and US 41/150.

“Sadly the Catholic Church within our official teachings, only within the last, I think it will be two years this fall, has said unequivocally there is no reason, capital punishment, the death penalty is ever admissible,” said Sister Barbara Battista.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A Zen Buddhist priest wants a federal judge to stop the execution of a death row inmate he’s been counseling and argues he'd be put at high risk for the coronavirus if the execution happens this month. Dale Hartkemeyer says he must attend the execution as a spiritual guide. He filed a lawsuit Thursday in Indiana. He wants a court to delay Wesley Ira Purkey’s execution until a coronavirus vaccine is available or there’s an effective treatment. Purkey is among four federal death row inmates scheduled to be executed in July and August.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has refused to block the execution of four federal prison inmates who are scheduled to be put to death in July and August. The executions would mark the first use of the death penalty on the federal level since 2003. The justices rejected an appeal from four inmates who were convicted of killing children. The court’s action leaves no obstacles standing in the way of the executions, the first of which is scheduled for July 13.

Federal Prison Inmate At Terre Haute Dies Of COVID-19

May 27, 2020
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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — The Bureau of Prison says an inmate at the federal prison complex in Terre Haute who had COVID-19 has died, and three others there also have tested positive for the disease. The bureau said Tuesday that inmate Gregory Phinton Glenn reported chest pains and shortness of breath Sunday at the maximum-security penitentiary of the western Indiana complex. It says staff immediately took the 56-year-old Glenn to a clinic at the prison. He was transported  to a local hospital for further treatment and was pronounced dead by hospital staff following cardiac arrest.

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — A Catholic priest in western Indiana has stopped hearing drive-through confessions at the request of the Indianapolis Archdiocese amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Indiana State University To Consider Proposed Vaping ban

Feb 17, 2020

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — Indiana State University’s trustees will consider a proposal to add electronic cigarettes to the western Indiana school’s ban on tobacco-related products.

The Terre Haute campus is largely tobacco free under a policy that took effect in 2009, although the school has some designated outdoor smoking areas and it allows people to smoke in private vehicles.

A draft policy that would ban vaping will be presented to ISU's trustees this week.

The Tribune-Star reports that a final policy recommendation will be submitted for May's trustees' meeting.

Company Planning New Indiana Casino Faces Investigation

Jan 24, 2020
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The Indiana Gaming Commission has called off a meeting during which it was expected to grant the license for a new Terre Haute casino after a political consultant pleaded guilty to federal charges of illegally funneling campaign contributions for an Indianapolis-based gaming company.

The commission said Friday it was investigating information it received Thursday about Indianapolis-based Spectacle Entertainment and canceled the Feb. 7 meeting that was set in Vigo County.  

Indiana's Catholic Bishops Want Renewed Execution Freeze

Oct 6, 2019
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's Roman Catholic bishops are calling for a renewed moratorium on executions at the federal penitentiary in Terre Haute.

Funeral, 2 Memorials Set For Holocaust Survivor Eva Kor

Jul 10, 2019
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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — The public is being encouraged to attend one of two memorial services for Holocaust survivor Eva Kor, who championed forgiveness even for those who carried out the Holocaust's atrocities.

Eva Kor died last week at age 85 in Poland during an overseas trip for the Terre Haute, Indiana, museum she founded called the CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center.

Her funeral will be Sunday at Terre Haute's DeBaun Funeral Home, which has limited seating.

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The 2019 session’s major gaming bill underwent a makeover Tuesday in the House Ways and Means Committee.