Arkansas carries out first double execution in U.S. since 2000

Jack Jones, Marcel Williams

Jack Jones, Marcel Williams

But with one week left the state is behind schedule. The decision leaves Kenneth Williams as the only inmate facing execution Thursday night. I reviewed this case thoroughly and determined that clemency should not be granted.

Damien Echols, a former death row inmate and campaigner against the death penalty, tweeted on Tuesday: "These executions were nothing more than human sacrifices made by politicians in order to climb the political ladder".

On Monday night the state of Arkansas conducted the first double execution in 17 years.

But attorneys for Arkansas said the accusation was not supported by media or witness accounts, and that claims the execution "appeared to be tortuous and inhumane are utterly baseless".

Williams argued that he would likely experience severe pain during the execution because of his medical conditions, and that the lethal injection amounted to cruel and unusual punishment.

Arkansas has executed three inmates in the past week using a sedative that's been the subject of multiple court challenges since it was first used by Florida in 2013. The standard procedure has been to turn off a microphone inside the 18-by-12-foot chamber after an inmate's last statement and turn it on again for the official pronouncement of death. Her body was found two weeks later. Oklahoma planned a double execution in 2014 but scrapped plans for the second one after the execution of Clayton Lockett went awry.

Jones' execution is scheduled for April 24.

Jones was convicted in 1996 of raping and murdering Phillips in the accounting office where she worked as a bookkeeper. Jones beat and strangled Lacey, leaving her for dead. As police crime photographers took pictures of the murder scene and assumed Lacy was dead, the girl woke up.

Jones was transferred to Cummins. In the federal petition, Williams sought relief from his death sentence on many grounds, including suspected juror misconduct, but U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright denied the petition November 4, 2008.

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The justices and their clerks know well in advance when executions are scheduled and where.

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

His lawyers filed a writ for habeas corpus on Friday claiming he is intellectually disabled and thus ineligible for execution. The response called the most recent federal filing "part of a calculated barrage of litigation" that included a filing Wednesday in Lincoln County Circuit Court.

The two executions are just among 8 that have been scheduled within a span of 11 days. He had twice attempted suicide and months before the murder, he voluntarily committed himself to a mental hospital in Little Rock.

Jones, 52, was executed after the US Supreme Court rejected an 11th-hour request from his attorneys asking justices to reconsider a procedural issue from his trial.

Davis was convicted in 1992 of murdering Jane Daniel during a home invasion and burglary in 1990.

Johnson's April 20 execution was stayed after the Arkansas Supreme Court ordered a hearing on DNA evidence.

When the two convicted murderers were put to death, the 20 or so witnesses heard only what Department of Correction Director Wendy Kelley wanted them to hear. Founded in 1846, AP has covered all the major news events of the past 165 years, providing high-quality, informed reporting of everything from wars and elections to championship games and royal weddings.

Lee was executed on April 21, making him the first person to be put to death in Arkansas since 2005.

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