The McVeigh Execution: Fast Facts
The relevant facts, dates and figures on the execution of Timothy McVeigh:
- Attorney General John Ashcroft delayed McVeigh's execution until June 11, 2001.
- McVeigh’s previous execution date was May 16, 2001.
- The method of execution will be lethal injection.
- The last civilian executed by the Federal government was Victor Feguer, hanged in 1963 at the Iowa State Penitentiary, Fort Madison, Iowa, for murder and kidnapping.
- 21 prisoners are currently being held in the Special Confinement Unit at USP Terre Haute, Ind.
- The federal government has executed 34 people since 1927, when reliable records began.
- Congress revived death penalty for federal crimes in 1988, authorizing execution for "drug kingpin" murders.
- In 1994, Congress expanded to more than 60 the federal crimes punishable by death.
- In August 1995, the federal government completed construction of a 2,123-square-foot brick building on the grounds of the federal prison in Terre Haute.
- Public schools in Terre Haute, Ind., and the surrounding county will close May 16 because of the McVeigh execution.
- Authorities have agreed to McVeigh’s request to withhold autopsy after he is executed.
- McVeigh filed an affidavit in U.S. District Court in Denver, asking the court to end the appeal of his death sentence on December 11, 2000.
- 12 states do not have the death penalty.