Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Arkansas Executions

This undated file photo provided by the Arkansas Department of Correction shows death-row inmate Kenneth Williams. (Arkansas Department of Correction via AP, File)

BY KELLY P. KISSEL and ANDREW DeMILLO VARNER, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas wrapped up an accelerated executions schedule with a lethal injection that left the condemned inmate lurching and convulsing before he died, prompting calls for investigations and renewed scrutiny ...
In this April 14, 2017, file photo provided by Sherry Simon, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen, is shown on a cot at an anti-death penalty protest outside the Governor's Mansion in Little Rock, Arkansas. (Sherry Simon via AP, File)

BY KELLY P. KISSEL and ANDREW DeMILLO LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas will reach the end of an aggressive execution schedule Thursday as it prepares for a fourth lethal injection in a week after initially planning twice as many ...
This combination of undated file photos provided by the Arkansas Department of Correction shows death-row inmates Jack Jones, left, and Marcel Williams. (Arkansas Department of Correction via AP, File)

BY ANDREW DeMILLO and KELLY P. KISSEL VARNER, Ark. (AP) — After going nearly 12 years without executing an inmate, Arkansas now has executed three in a few days — including two in one night. Jack Jones and Marcel Williams ...
In this Tuesday, April 18, 2017 file photo, Ledell Lee appears in Pulaski County Circuit Court for a hearing in which lawyers argued to stop his execution which is scheduled for Thursday. (Benjamin Krain/The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP, File)

BY ANDREW DeMILLO and SEAN MURPHY VARNER, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas carried out its first execution in nearly a dozen years despite a flurry of legal challenges that spared three convicted killers, but courts still could scuttle the remainder of ...
Anti-death penalty supporters Abraham Bonowitz, left, and Randy Gardner wait near their taped off "protest corral" outside the Varner Unit late Monday, April 17, 2017 near Varner, Arkansas. (Stephen B. Thornton /The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP)

BY SEAN MURPHY and KELLY P. KISSEL LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Lawyers for Arkansas inmates condemned to die Thursday in a planned double execution insist they are innocent and one of them says advanced DNA techniques could show he ...
This photo provided by Sherry Simon shows Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen taking part of an anti-death penalty demonstration outside the Governor's Mansion Friday, April 14, 2017 in Little Rock, Arkansas. (Sherry Simon via AP)

BY ANDREW DeMILLO and SEAN MURPHY VARNER, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas officials vowed to carry out a double execution later this week after the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a setback to the state’s plan to resume capital punishment for the ...
Protesters gather outside the state Capitol building on Friday, April 14, 2017, in Little Rock, Ark., to voice their opposition to Arkansas' seven upcoming executions. (AP Photo/Kelly P. Kissel)

BY ANDREW DeMILLO LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge on Saturday halted Arkansas’ unprecedented plan to execute seven inmates before the end of the month. U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker granted a preliminary injunction requested by the inmates ...
This combination of file photos provided by the Arkansas Department of Correction shows death-row inmates Bruce Earl Ward, left, and Don William Davis. (Arkansas Department of Correction via AP, File)

BY ANDREW DeMILLO LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Two pharmaceutical companies asked a federal judge Thursday to prevent Arkansas from using their drugs to execute seven inmates by the end of the month, saying they object to their products being ...
This combination of undated file photos provided by the Arkansas Department of Correction shows death-row inmates Jason F. McGehee, left, and Kenneth Williams. Both men are scheduled for execution on April 27, 2017. (Arkansas Department of Correction via AP)

BY KELLY P. KISSEL LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas’ parole board on Wednesday recommended that Gov. Asa Hutchinson extend mercy to one of eight inmates scheduled to die in an unprecedented series of double-executions this month. Hutchinson is not ...
This combination of undated file photos provided by the Arkansas Department of Correction shows death-row inmates Stacey E. Johnson, left, and Ledelle Lee. Both men are scheduled for execution on April 20, 2017. (Arkansas Department of Correction via AP)

BY ANDREW DeMILLO VARNER, Ark. (AP) — Two Arkansas inmates scheduled for back-to-back lethal injections next month asked the parole board Friday to spare their lives, a longshot bid as the state prepares for an unprecedented four nights of double ...
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