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Death row killers given stay of execution in lethal injection dispute

Death row killers given stay of execution in lethal injection dispute

Two inmates are set to be put to death on Thursday. That pace would have been unprecedented in the modern history of the USA death penalty. Don Davis would be the first to die. Ward, who was convicted of killing 18-year-old Rebecca Doss in 1990, had received a stay of execution from the state supreme court earlier in the week over his mental health.

A spokesman for Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge had no comment on the court filing.

“The Arkansas Supreme Court recognized that executing either man, before the Court answers this question. would be profoundly arbitrary and unjust, ” Scott Braden, an assistant federal public defender for the inmates, said Monday. The earlier stay was granted after Ward's lawyers sought an evaluation of whether he is mentally capable of understanding his punishment.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruling came hours after the state had cleared two of the main obstacles to resuming executions. Davis has organic brain damage and is intellectually disabled, while Ward has "life-long schizophrenia", the attorney said.

Meanwhile, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit vacated April 17 a federal judge's preliminary stay of executions which had been handed down April 15.

That case, McWilliams v. Dunn from Alabama, is scheduled for oral argument next week and involves legal questions about expert testimony at criminal trials.

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The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the state Supreme Court decisions pertained to the planned lethal injections of a series of inmates that, if completed would be the most inmates put to death by any state since the death penalty was reinstated back in 1976.

Arkansas had run out of its supply of potassium chloride in January, but Gov. Asa Hutchinson said they would be able to procure a supply for the executions.

Arkansas enacted a law two years ago keeping secret the source of its lethal injection drugs, a move officials said was necessary to find new supplies.

The drug has been used in flawed executions in Oklahoma and Arizona. The state and attorneys for the remaining men launched a flurry of appeals, too.

Acting shortly before midnight, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to lift a stay issued Monday by the Arkansas Supreme Court that prevented the execution of one of the inmates, Don Davis, report the Washington Post, Arkansas Times, New York Times and Arkansas Online.

In her order, U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker flagged two issues: the use of the midazolam and inmates' access to their attorneys on the days of their executions.

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At a federal court hearing last week, prison officials testified they must conduct the executions with their current batch of midazolam, a sedative that is meant to mask the effects of drugs that will shut down the inmates' lungs and hearts. The suit argued there was an unacceptably high risk they would suffer during the executions.

Despite some legal setbacks for the state, it is still possible for the executions to be carried out.

In a repeat of its lawsuit against Arkansas, McKesson Medical-Surgical, a unit of McKesson Corp MCK.N , said the state's correction department had acted deceitfully when it purchased another drug, vecuronium bromide, a commonly used muscle relaxant given in extreme doses in executions to paralyze the body and halt breathing.

But Hutchinson set off an global furor when, in February, he scheduled eight executions that were to take place over less than two weeks in April.

The state judge's decision, reached Friday, was based on how Arkansas acquired vecuronium bromide, which is used in anesthesia as well as executions. The drug is used as an anesthesia.

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