Death Penalty (noun) – Execution of an individual as punishment. The death penalty, or capital punishment, is a sentence of death, according to which an official of the state may be ordered to cause the death of the person sentenced. The death penalty is a lawful penalty in the United States only for acts committed by an adult who has criminal capacity sufficient to be responsible at the time of the offense.

Typically speaking, most defendants who are given the death penalty have usually been convicted of murder.