State-sanctioned killing has been banned in fits and starts over the course of American history, a reflection of a national character that is alternately progressive and puritan.
Now the state's 11 prisoners facing lethal injection will serve life sentences instead.
The 21-year-old lapsed pothead and "Game of Thrones" fan was formally sentenced to die in court Wednesday, though a prolonged appeal process is likely.
The precise methods prisons use to kill prisoners are often shrouded in secrecy, but we do know that the teams in charge of executions are rarely made up of experts.
Father Charlie Burrows is often the last man people speak to before they face a firing squad.
Just after midnight on Sunday, Indonesia executed six drug offenders by firing squad. International observers see the executions as harsh, especially since five of the six prisoners were foreign nationals.
Following the Charlie Hebdo attacks, Marine Le Pen – leader of France's far-right Front National – has promised a national referendum of the death penalty if she's elected President in 2017.
Oklahoma State Penitentiary used drugs not intended for executions to kill a murderer.
He hopes that punishing murder with murder will one day be obsolete.