Crime 'Let's End This': In Arkansas, a Victim's Daughter Still Wants Justice
Serial executions take toll on executioners too, critics say
Putting a prisoner to death "stays with you for a long time," says Ron McAndrew.The former warden of Florida State Prison says his own mental health had begun to deteriorate by the time he left his position in 1998 after taking part in eight executions.
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LITTLE ROCK — Susan Khani drove across the state of Arkansas Monday to watch her mother's killer be executed — but she left disappointed.
Thethe stay on the death sentence of Don Davis, the man who shot her mother in the back of the head after burglarizing her home in 1990.
"It was the third time that I've been through this, so I expected it," Khani told NBC News Tuesday. "It was a 50/50 for me, so I was prepared. I wasn't at all surprised."
She drove down to Varner, Arkansas, where the prison and death chamber is located about 75 miles from the capital, with a friend on Monday afternoon. There she spent more than five hours in a room without access to a television or the internet to gain any insights on how the case was proceeding. Prison officials would periodically provide updates.
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.
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"The state has done a really good job," she said. "I'm frustrated with the people who are against the death penalty and that they're not taking each case individually and looking at each person and what happened. They're lumping it all together."
The decision to scheduledidn't help, she added. She believes the pace only brought greater attention — and opposition — to the executions.
She left the prison with her friend shortly after midnight Tuesday and returned to her hotel in Little Rock.
Now she will wait until Davis is scheduled again, with every telephone ring with a state of Arkansas Caller ID a painful reminder of the mother she lost.
Arkansas court blocks 1 execution set for Thursday
The Arkansas Supreme Court has halted one of two executions planned for Thursday night, once again throwing a wrench in the state's plans to conduct several executions before the end of April, when one of its lethal injection drugs expires.The court ruled that Stacey Johnson could pursue his requests for enhanced DNA testing in hopes of proving his innocence in the 1993 rape and killing of Carol Heath. The Innocence Project filed the appeal along with Johnson's attorney."We've established that modern DNA testing methods can prove Mr. Johnson's innocence, and Arkansas law clearly established that Mr. Johnson is entitled to that testing," said Karen Thompson, a staff attorney with
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