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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - There's no one left on Delaware's death row, now that its last two inmates have been resentenced to life in prison.

The Wilmington News Journal reports 43-year-old Michael R. Manley and 43-year-old David D. Stevenson received modified sentences Tuesday in the 1995 killing of Kristopher Heath, a Macy's security officer set to testify against Stevenson in a theft case.

Delaware's Supreme Court found the state's death penalty unconstitutional in August 2016, when 13 men were on death row.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a former death row inmate convicted of raping and killing a University of Delaware student.

Wednesday's ruling involves the latest in a series of appeals by James E. Cooke.

Cooke was initially sentenced to death for the 2005 murder of 20-year-old Lindsey Bonistall of White Plains, New York. He was resentenced to life without parole after the state Supreme Court declared Delaware's death penalty law unconstitutional in 2016.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Two men are still on death row in Delaware despite the state Supreme Court ruling the state's death penalty unconstitutional more than a year ago.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports Michael R. Manley and David D. Stevenson have been fighting their first-degree murder conviction for decades, and those appeals are keeping the two on death row.

The newspaper reports that when the state or U.S. Supreme Court declares a law unconstitutional, cases pending appeals will be modified next time in court.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal appeals court has ordered a lower court to hold a hearing on a Virginia death row inmate's claim that prosecutors failed to turn over evidence favorable to him.

Anthony Juniper was sentenced to death for the 2004 murders of his former girlfriend, her two children and her brother in Norfolk.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday sent the case back to U.S. District Court, finding that a judge was wrong to dismiss Juniper's claim without holding a hearing.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia has the fewest number of inmates on death row since July 1979, shortly after it resumed carrying out the penalty following a 1972 Supreme Court ruling that halted executions across the U.S.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Tuesday that Virginia has four death row inmates and none have been added in more than five years. As of April only six of the 31 states that carry out executions had fewer death row inmates.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A former Delaware death row inmate, who was acquitted of all charges after being retried for a drug-related killing, is suing current and former state officials.

In a federal lawsuit filed late last week, Isaiah McCoy claims he was wrongfully and maliciously investigated, prosecuted and incarcerated.

McCoy also claims state police and prosecutors knew or should have known he was innocent of the 2010 murder of James Munford, but nevertheless investigated and prosecuted him.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal appeals court has revived a lawsuit challenging conditions on Virginia's death row.

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that the lower court improperly dismissed a case brought by five condemned inmates.

The lower court said the case was resolved because prison officials had eased restrictions and granted death row inmates more privileges, including more recreation time.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A former death row inmate has been acquitted of all charges after being retried for a drug-related killing.

Twenty-nine-year-old Isaiah McCoy, who waived his right to a jury trial, bowed his head and wept after a Kent County judge declared him not guilty in the 2010 killing of 30-year-old James Mumford.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia inmate scheduled to be put to death this week for the slayings of two young girls has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to halt his execution.

Ricky Gray filed an emergency appeal with the high court on Tuesday. Gray is scheduled to be executed Wednesday for the slayings of 9-year-old Stella Harvey and her 4-year-old sister Ruby. Gray was convicted of killing the girls and their parents at their home on New Year's Day 2006.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Kent County judge is holding a bench trial for a former death row inmate facing retrial in a drug-related killing.

Monday's bench trial was set after attorneys for Isaiah McCoy told the judge last month that he wanted to waive his right to a jury trial.