Crime The 8 prisoners originally scheduled for execution this month

20:10  17 april  2017
20:10  17 april  2017 Source:   40/29 TV Ft Smith-Fayetteville

High court ruling may lead to 7 executions in 11 days

  High court ruling may lead to 7 executions in 11 days The Supreme Court's narrow decision in 2015 allowing Oklahoma to use a controversial sedative in lethal injections has led to an unprecedented schedule of executions in neighboring Arkansas over the next two weeks that the justices may be asked to referee. Barring last-minute rulings in their favor, seven inmates will be executed in the space of 11 days -- more than Arkansas has executed in the past 16 years combined. That's because the shelf life of the state's supply of the sedative expires at the end of the month.

(AP) - Arkansas inmates who had been set for execution in a series of double executions this month said Sunday that a federal appeals court should take A different federal judge has issued a stay for one of the eight condemned prisoners and the state Supreme Court has issued one for another inmate.

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death row convicted inmates death penalty executions © Arkansas Dept. of Correction death row convicted inmates death penalty executions Arkansas originally planned to execute these 8 prisoners during a 10-day period this April. Judges have put stays on the executions, the first of which is still scheduled for tonight at 7.

Bruce Ward was sentenced to death for the killing of an 18-year-old store named Rebecca Doss in Little Rock on August 11, 1989.

Bruce Earl Ward © Provided by Hearst Television, Inc. Bruce Earl Ward Rebecca Lynn Doss was 18. A police officer noticed no one was in the store and pulled up to find Ward walking out of the men's room. Surveillance video later revealed that Ward asked Doss for help to open the men's room door.

Arkansas inmates scheduled for execution ask court to review

  Arkansas inmates scheduled for execution ask court to review Arkansas inmates who had been set for execution in a series of double executions this month said Sunday that a federal appeals court should take up their claim that the compressed timetable would violate "evolving standards of decency."U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker granted the inmates stays of execution on Saturday, but she rejected their arguments that too little time between executions violated their constitutional rights. Arkansas originally planned to execute eight inmates between Monday and April 27 because its supply of one of the three execution drugs, midazolam, expires on April 30 and the state says it does not have a supplier to replenish it.

(AP) — Arkansas inmates who had been set for execution in a series of double executions this month said Sunday that a federal appeals court should A different federal judge has issued a stay for one of the eight condemned prisoners and the state Supreme Court has issued one for another inmate.

Arkansas originally planned to execute eight inmates between Monday and April 27. Arkansas inmates who had been set for execution this month want a federal appeals court to take up their claim that a compressed timetable violates "evolving standards of decency.".more>>.

Ward's initial death sentence was overturned because a judge let jurors consider documents related to Ward's 1977 murder conviction in Pennsylvania. A second death sentence was overturned because a court transcript was filled with errors. A third jury imposed a death sentence in 1997.

Ward's attorneys filed a clemency request in March, saying he has schizophrenia and has no rational understanding of his impending execution.

"Since learning that Defendant Hutchinson had scheduled his execution for April 17, 2017, Mr. Ward has remained steadfast in his belief that he will walk out of prison," the filing said.

Don William Davis was sentenced to death for the killing of 62-year-old Jane Martha Daniel in Rogers on October 12, 1990.

Inmate slated to die Thursday due at hearing

  Inmate slated to die Thursday due at hearing LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — One of the five Arkansas inmates who are still scheduled to die before the end of the month is due at a hearing regarding his request for further DNA testing of evidence from his case. Ledell Lee was moved from prison Tuesday morning and was expected at a 1:30 p.m. hearing in Little Rock. He is one of two inmates scheduled for execution Thursday.The 51-year-old Lee was sentenced to die for the 1993 killing of his neighbor Debra Reese, who was struck 36 times with a baseball bat-like tool. He is also serving prison time for the rapes of a woman and teen from Jacksonville.

Both men are scheduled for execution April 17, 2017. – Arkansas plans to execute eight inmates – two each on four days – in a 10-day period next month – an accelerated schedule designed to carry out the death sentences before a chemical component of the lethal injections expires.

Arkansas inmates who had been set for execution in a series of double executions this month A federal judge has issued a stay for one of the eight condemned prisoners and the state Supreme Court has issued one for another inmate. Both men are scheduled for execution April 17, 2017.

Don Davis © Provided by Hearst Television, Inc. Don Davis Prosecutors say Davis broke into a home next door to Daniel's and stole several items, including a .44-caliber revolver, before shooting her, execution-style.

Davis wrote a letter for a Northwest Arkansas Prison Story Project performance in 2017. Part of his letter read:

"People keep asking me how i could be smiling at a time like this, but I'm going to let you in on a secret. Come closer, because I don't want those who believe in the death penalty to hear me. The state can not execute the man that was convicted. I executed him years ago"

He came within six hours of execution in 2010, but the Arkansas Supreme Court issued a stay to address whether legislators improperly left key details to the prison staff. Justices ultimately tossed out the state's death-row policies, which contributed to the 12 years that passed without an execution.

Why are executions stopped? Death penalty questions answered

  Why are executions stopped? Death penalty questions answered Expect another long day of legal wrangling Thursday over Arkansas' plan to execute inmates in the coming week.Ledell Lee and Stacey Johnson were to be put to death Thursday night, but Johnson's execution was at least temporarily halted and Arkansas' ability to use one of its execution drugs was called into question. Lawyers for inmates filed multiple legal challenges to derail a plan that originally called for eight men to be put to death before April 30, when Arkansas' supply of a sedative used in lethal injections expires.

(AP) - Arkansas inmates who had been set for execution in a series of double executions this month said Sunday that a federal appeals court should take A different federal judge has issued a stay for one of the eight condemned prisoners and the state Supreme Court has issued one for another inmate.

The seven scheduled executions for one month is a record for Arkansas. The state, which has not held an execution in 12 years, originally scheduled eight over a short period of time to beat the It formally applies to nine prisoners , although the execution of one of them had not been scheduled .

Stacey Eugene Johnson was sentenced to death for the killing of Carol Heath in De Queen on April 1, 1993.

Stacey Eugene Johnson © Provided by Hearst Television, Inc. Stacey Eugene Johnson Heath's daughter Ashley told a parole board in 2015 that she had forgiven Johnson and asked the panel to spare his life, but Heath's son Jonathan Palmer told the board he completely disagreed.

Johnson has asked the Arkansas State Supreme Court to allow him to seek new testing of evidence from his conviction in the 1993 death of Carol Heath. The evidence includes hairs found at Heath's apartment.

His initial conviction was overturned when the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled that a police officer should not have told jurors that Ashley Heath, then 6 and found incompetent to testify, had picked Johnson out of a photo lineup. She testified at Johnson's retrial three years later.

Ledelle Lee was sentenced to death for the beating and strangling death of Debra Reese in Pulaski County in 1991.

Ledelle Lee © Provided by Hearst Television, Inc. Ledelle Lee Lee, who struck Reese 36 times, was arrested less than an hour after the slaying after spending some of the $300 he had stolen from her.

Arkansas execution plan again thrown into doubt

  Arkansas execution plan again thrown into doubt Arkansas' aggressive effort to conduct its first executions since 2005 stalled for a second time this week when courts blocked lethal injections set for Thursday, prompting Gov. Asa Hutchinson to complain that state judges aren't honoring the decisions jurors made when sentencing the prisoners to death.The highest courts in Arkansas and the U.S. could put the executions back on track, but for now Arkansas faces an uphill battle to put any inmate to death before the end of April, when one of its lethal injection drugs expires.

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He had been released on parole 10 weeks before her death after serving time for burglary and theft. DNA evidence linked Lee to other attacks, including the abduction of Christine Lewis, 22.

Lewis was abducted five days before being found beaten, raped and strangled. A trial in that death ended with a hung jury, and prosecutors dropped the case after the state Supreme Court upheld Lee's death

sentence for Reese's murder.

Lee's attorneys asked for clemency from Gov. Hutchinson in March. The Parole Board recommended against granting him clemency.

Jack Harold Jones, Jr. was sentenced to death for the June 6, 1995 murder of Mary Phillips of Searcy during a robbery at an accounting office.

Jack Jones © Provided by Hearst Television, Inc. Jack Jones Phillips was found naked from the waist down with a cord from a nearby coffee pot tied around her neck. Lacy was left for dead but awoke while police were taking photographs of her.

Lacy testified that Jones had visited the accounting office twice on the day her mother died and that she got a good look at him. She was able to describe his tattoos.

Jones claimed after his conviction that his lawyers had failed him by not attempting to prove the killing was committed in a cruel or depraved manner. Courts rejected his appeals.

Jones wrote a letter to the Arkansas Parole Board, saying he would decline clemency even if Gov. Hutchinson granted it.The board voted 7-0 against recommending clemency for him.

Arkansas Can Execute One Inmate Tonight, Court Rules

  Arkansas Can Execute One Inmate Tonight, Court Rules The state of Arkansas was preparing to execute one man Thursday night mere hours after a court overruled a restraining order that blocked the state's use of one of its lethal injection drugs. Faced with a number of legal hurdles, Arkansas in the early evening won a legal victory allowing it to move forward with the execution of Ledell Lee at 7 p.m. CT (8 p.m.) on Thursday.The state Supreme Court sided with state prosecutors and tossed a restraining order that a county court on Wednesday night had placed on Arkansas's use of the paralytic vecuronium bromide — one of three drugs in the lethal injection cocktail.

Arkansas inmates scheduled for execution ask court to review. (AP) - Arkansas inmates who had been set for execution in a series of double executions this month said Sunday that a federal appeals court Arkansas originally planned to execute eight inmates between Monday and April 27.

Arkansas originally planned to execute eight inmates between Monday and April 27. (AP) — Arkansas inmates who had been set for execution in a series of double executions this month said Sunday that a federal appeals court should take up their claim that the compressed timetable would

Marcel Wayne Williams was sentenced to death for the murder of Stacy Errickson of Jacksonville on November 20, 1994.

Marcel Williams © Provided by Hearst Television, Inc. Marcel Williams Errickson was a young mother when prosecutors say Williams abducted her when she stopped for gas. They say Williams drove Errickson drove her to ATMs and forced her to take out about $350 before killing her.

Williams confessed to the killing and in 2017 told the Arkansas Parole Board "I wish I could take it back, but I can't."

The board recommended against his clemency request, in a 5-2 vote.

Kenneth Williams was sentenced to death for the 1996 killing of 57-year-old Cecil Boren in 1996.

  The 8 prisoners originally scheduled for execution this month © Provided by Hearst Television, Inc. Williams was serving a life sentence for the 1998 death of University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff cheerleader Dominique Hurd when he escaped by hiding in a container of hog slop that was being ferried from the prison kitchen to a prison hog farm outside the main gates.

After getting out, he killed Cecil Boren, who lived near the prison, and stole a truck.

During a chase in southern Missouri the next day, Williams crashed into a water-delivery truck, killing the driver, before police captured him.

Jurors ignored Williams' plea for mercy after his relatives said that his father drank and beat the children and their mother. While in prison, he said he had killed another person in 1998.

Kenneth Williams has become an ordained minister while in prison, and has written a book, The Unrelenting Burdens of Gang Bangers, to warn children about the dangers of joining a gang.

Federal judges deny efforts to delay Arkansas executions

  Federal judges deny efforts to delay Arkansas executions Two Arkansas inmates scheduled to be put to death Monday in what could be the nation's first double execution in more than 16 years asked an appeals court on Sunday to halt their lethal injections because of poor health that could cause complications. Lawyers for Jack Jones and Marcel Williams asked the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals on Sunday to grant them stays of execution.Jones' lawyers say he suffers from diabetes and is on insulin, has high blood pressure, neuropathy and had one leg amputated below the knee. He is on heavy doses of methadone and gabapentin.

(AP) -- Arkansas this month intends to execute eight inmates in a 10-day period, though the state's Parole Board on Wednesday suggested clemency for one of the men. Arkansas hasn't put any prisoner to death in nearly 12 years. The state adopted the accelerated schedule - double executions on April

On Sunday, a federal judge in western Arkansas rejected a separate stay request from death row inmate Don Davis, who was originally scheduled to be put to death The 8 inmates Arkansas was planning to execute this month . Drug suits, clemencies considered before Arkansas executions .

Jason McGehee was sentenced to death for the murder of John Melbourne, Jr. of Harrison. His execution was blocked by a judge, after the Arkansas Parole Board recommended clemency. This recommendation triggered a 30-day comment period, making it impossible for Arkansas to kill McGehee before its drugs expire on April 30.

  The 8 prisoners originally scheduled for execution this month © Provided by Hearst Television, Inc. Co-defendants said McGehee, 40, did most of the beating when 15-year-old John Melbourne Jr. was killed Aug. 19, 1996, for ratting out members of a theft ring.

Several people beat and tortured the teenager at a house in Harrison, then bound him and drove him to an abandoned farmhouse outside Omaha, a town in northern Arkansas. He was later strangled while his hands were tied with an electrical cord.

McGehee asked jurors for mercy, with relatives testifying he had grown up in a dysfunctional family. The jury convicted him in 90 minutes and decided on a death sentence five hours later.

McGehee's attorneys asked the Arkansas Supreme Court in March to vacate his death sentence. They said there were problems with the verdict forms when he was sentenced to death. The court rejected that motion.

The State Parole Board heard McGehee's appeal for clemency in April.

(Portions of this article are copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Supreme Court won't hear condemned Alabama inmate's case .
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The U.S. Supreme Court has turned down a long shot request to reconsider the appeal of an Alabama inmate scheduled to be executed by lethal injection next month.Justices on Monday refused the rehearing request by Tommy Arthur, who has had seven execution dates postponed.The court in November stayed Arthur's execution to consider whether to hear the appeal centered on a requirement that condemned inmates challenging their method of execution name a feasible alternate method. The court in February ruled it would not hear the case and maintained the decision.

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