Rogers, sentencing, Brown
Jun 22, 2023

MCAO agrees to dismiss suit seeking to compel state to execute Gunches

The Maricopa County Attorney's Office agreed to dismiss the civil suit seeking to compel the state to be prepared to dole out the death penalty after the new director of the Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation & Reentry confirmed the state “is now and has been operationally ready to carry out a lawful execution.”

Thornell, Senate panel, DOC, Hoffman
Jun 6, 2023

Senate panel approves DOC nominee amidst death penalty debate

A Senate panel voted unanimously on Tuesday to recommend the approval of Ryan Thornell as director of the Department of Corrections Rehabilitation & Reentry and discussed the state’s actions related to the death penalty.

death row, Mayes, Hobbs, Conover, lethal injection, Mitchell, equal treatment, prison, death row, Gunches
Mar 23, 2023

Court won’t order execution of Gunches

What started as Aaron Gunches' wish for his own execution has slowly swirled into a loaded political microcosm, pulling top state officials, multiple Corrections administrations and justice groups into its orbit.

death row, execution, Arizona Supreme Court, Rushing
Mar 15, 2023

Hobbs blasted for plans to defy execution order

Gov. Katie Hobbs is facing heavy pushback from a victim's sister and a powerful county prosecutor for her plans to defy a court order to execute a prisoner next month for his conviction in a 2002 killing.

Hobbs, death row, lethal injection, Gunches
Mar 3, 2023

State won’t carry out execution after warrant issued 

Arizona won’t execute the state’s only inmate on death row even after the Arizona Supreme Court issued a death warrant in the case, Gov. Katie Hobbs said on Friday. 

death row, execution, Arizona Supreme Court, Rushing
Mar 3, 2023

Arizona court OKs execution request that AG tried to undo

The Arizona Supreme Court issued a warrant to execute a prisoner even though the state's new Democratic attorney general tried to withdraw her Republican predecessor's request to carry out the execution.

death row, execution, Arizona Supreme Court, Rushing
Jan 5, 2023

Gunches withdraws motion for his own death warrant

Death row inmate Aaron Gunches withdrew his motion for his own death warrant, citing the changing attorney general’s office and prior executions, “carried out in a manner that amounts to torture.”