These 2 men might become first double execution in USA since 2000

Brunilde Fioravanti
Aprile 24, 2017

He is the first inmate executed in Arkansas in over a decade.

Eight inmates were scheduled to be executed during a 10 day sequence beginning on April 17. "While reasonable people can disagree on whether death is an appropriate form of punishment, no one should be executed when there is a possibility that person is innocent", she said in a statement.

The Innocence Project and the American Civil Liberties Union joined his case days before he was executed.

Jones' sister recently gave an interview where she talked at length about her brother's mental state and how the state of Arkansas will not allow her to be present for his execution. The eight executions would have been the most by a state in such a compressed period since the US Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976. The 8th Circuit denied relief late tonight, but the Supreme Court's stay remained in effect as of 11:30 p.m. A drug manufacturer also sued to stop its product from being used in the executions; it won a temporary restraining order twice, only to have that order removed, twice.

Two Arkansas death row inmates are asking a judge to halt their executions, saying their poor health could make the lethal injections especially painful. McKesson said in court filings that a state official had intentionally misled the medical distribution company into thinking that the chemical was needed as part of a routine restocking of the hospital wing of the prison service.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said he was "surprised and disappointed" by Wednesday's state Supreme Court stay of Johnson's execution.

The state Supreme Courtm however, ruled that authorities could use the drug vecuronium bromide that a supplier said the state had obtained by misleading the company. The company had argued that the drug, vecuronium bromide, had been purchased under false pretenses.

McKesson has previously sought and won such an order blocking the state from using the vecuronium bromide. Ms Rutledge's office said the Attorney General would not appeal to the US Supreme Court over that case.

However, last-minute court challenges have derailed three other executions scheduled for this week.

At one point on Thursday night, the Supreme Court almost halted Mr.

Williams was sent to death row for the 1994 rape and killing of 22-year-old Stacy Errickson, whom he kidnapped from a gas station in central Arkansas.

"It is inappropriate for the state to rush to execute before a defendant's innocence claim can be properly examined", said Nina Morrison, a senior staff attorney with the Innocence Project.

Though Lee has maintained his innocence since the murder 24 years ago, his last efforts to stay his executions were met with denials from both Arkansas and federal courts. "Lee and identify the real perpetrator of the crime".

New Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch cast the deciding vote Thursday to permit Arkansas to proceed with the execution of Ledell Lee. Like Williams, his appeal is pending in the Eighth Circuit after a judge denied his request for a stay in his challenge of the clemency process.

But after almost blocking the execution, the New York Times reports, the U.S. Hutchinson pointed to the dissents and said he knows "families of the victims are anxious for a clear-cut explanation from the majority as to how they came to this conclusion and how there appears to be no end to the court's review".

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