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First Single Drug Execution in Georgia Today: Rhonda Cook of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Warren Hill is scheduled to be executed in Georgia Monday. He will be the first inmate put to death in Georgia using a single drug, pentobarbital. Hill was sentenced to death for using a nail-studded board to beat to death a fellow inmate in 1990. At the time, he was incarcerated for murdering his 18-year-old girlfriend. Update:  The Georgia Supreme Court has granted a stay.  Bill Rankin at AJ-C reports the stay is based on an Administrative Procedure Act claim.

Oregon Death Row Inmate Back in Court Tuesday to Fight Reprieve: Peter Wong of the Statesman Journal reports an Oregon judge will hear arguments Tuesday in twice-convicted murderer Gary Haugen's civil suit against Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber, who issued a reprieve blocking Haugen's death warrant in November. Haugen had waived his appeals. Kitzhaber said he would not allow any executions to be carried out as long as he was governor.

Aurora Shooting Suspect Makes First Court Appearance: Nicholas Riccardi and P. Solomon Banda of the Associated Press report 24-year-old James Holmes, who is accused of going on a deadly shooting rampage at a Colorado movie theater on Friday, made his first appearance in court on Monday. The shooting left 12 people dead and another 58 injured. Holmes, who is being held in isolation at the jail, did not speak at the hearing. Authorities have said that he is refusing to cooperate. Prosecutor Carol Chambers said after the hearing that a decision to pursue the death penalty will be made in consultation with victims' families. Holmes is expected to be officially charged next Monday.

10th Year of Amber Alert Program in CA: Bill Lindelof of The Sacramento Bee reports July 31 of this year will mark the tenth year since the Amber Alert program was implemented statewide in California. According to the California Highway patrol, 234 abducted children have been safely recovered since the statewide adoption of the program.

Read more here: http://blogs.sacbee.com/crime/archives/2012/07/californias-amber-alert-program-a-decade-old.html#storylink=cpy

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