States using capital punishment less

For just the second time since 1984, Virginia and Maryland will end the year without executing a single death row inmate — reflecting a national trend.

**FILE** This photo provided by the Virginia Department of Corrections shows the electric chair used in the July 20, 2006, execution of death row inmate Brandon Wayne Hedrick, who chose the electric chair as his method of execution rather than lethal injection. Hedrick was convicted of the 1997 abduction, robbery, rape and murder of Lisa Crider. (Associated Press/Virginia Department of Corrections)

**FILE** This photo provided by the Virginia Department of Corrections shows the electric chair used in the July 20, 2006, execution of death row inmate Brandon Wayne Hedrick, who chose the electric chair as his method of execution rather than lethal injection. Hedrick was convicted of the 1997 abduction, robbery, rape and murder of Lisa Crider. (Associated Press/Virginia Department of Corrections)

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