Inmate slated to die Thursday due at hearing


"Now some of you may think that someone like me can not be forgiven for all the bad that I have done in this world, but I am not one of them", Davis wrote in what he believed to be his final statement before his execution was put on hold.

On Monday the state Supreme Court also vacated Griffen's temporary restraining order effectively blocking the eight executions. The inmates say midazolam is unsuitable as an execution drug, saying it is not a pain-killer and could subject them to a cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the U.S. Constitution.

Opponents of the death penalty insisted that Arkansas was unjustly rushing its execution process and clamored for a halt to the executions.

The state Supreme Court on Monday reversed Pulaski county Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen's order halting the executions and reassigned the cases days after he participated in the anti-death penalty demonstration outside the governor's mansion.

A rally, at which Bishop Taylor was present, was held outside the Arkansas State Capitol April 14 calling for the executions to be stopped.

Arkansas had scheduled the executions before its supply of midazolam expired at the end of April.

The entire death penalty procedure starts over for them.

April 18 USA drug wholesaler McKesson Medical-Surgical Inc sued Arkansas a second time on Tuesday, saying the state acted fraudulently in obtaining a drug it intends to administer in a record number of executions this month and demanding it not use the batch to kill people.

Critics contend it does not put a person in a deep enough state of unconsciousness and should not be used in executions.

Scott Braden, an attorney with the Arkansas Federal Defender Office who represents both Davis and Ward, said his clients suffer from severe mental illness and "were denied independent mental health experts to help their defense attorneys investigate, understand, and present these critical mental health issues to the jury". Texas uses a single drug, pentobarbital, in its lethal injections. That order had effectively blocked the executions of eight inmates by the end of April. It would be the first of the three drugs administered and would be used to sedate the inmate.

He was sentenced to death two years later.

"The Department of Correction's attention now shifts to the executions that are scheduled for Thursday", Graves said. However, one of the stipulations is that the company cannot sell the drug to federal and state correctional facilities that engage in capital punishment. Texas conducted the last successful dual executions in the United States in 2000.

Asked about the potential for difficulties if Arkansas were to carry out back-to-back executions, criminal justice professor Robert Lytle said, "If I'm being perfectly honest, I don't know". Meanwhile, Ledell Lee argued unsuccessfully Tuesday in a Little Rock courtroom that he be given a chance to test blood and hair evidence that could prove he didn't beat 26-year-old Debra Reese to death during a 1993 robbery in Jacksonville.

"I've got to think everybody is dotting their i's and crossing their t's", he said.

Don Davis and Bruce Ward were due to be executed last night as the state sought to carry out lethal injections on seven prisoners before its supply of a drug expired.

Virginia electrocuted four inmates February 2, 1951, and three more three days later.

Kenneth Williams - convicted of murdering former prison warden Cecil Boren while on the run from prison, where he was serving time for murdering cheerleader Dominique Hurd.

That same year in NY, a couple known as the Lonely Hearts Killers were electrocuted back to back March 7, 1951.

Four of the men scheduled for death are black.

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In a 4-3 decision, Arkansas' highest court stayed the executions of two death-row inmates.