Arkansas Kills Two Men In "Inhumane" Double Execution

Arkansas Kills Two Men In

The time between the first injection and the pronouncement of death was 17 minutes, state officials said.

Jones and Williams are among eight inmates who were scheduled to be put to death in Arkansas before the April 30th expiration of one of three drugs used in its lethal injection protocol. One drug supplier stepped forward this month to say a Department of Correction deputy had duped the company into supplying vecuronium bromide for executions past year.

Last minute appeals had delayed the execution, which had been scheduled for one hour after Jones's execution. Jack Jones and Marcel Williams were killed Monday night after each spent years on death row for murder. He raped, strangled, and killed her, and beat her 11-year-old daughter, Lacey, during his robbery of her accounting office. According to a court filing, during Jones's execution, he was "moving his lips and gulping for air", which suggests he continued to be conscious during the lethal injection.

Attorneys for both men had sought stays on the grounds that their medical conditions might interfere with the three lethal-injection drugs, making their deaths extremely painful. He has asked the state Supreme Court to halt his execution based on his claim of intellectual disability.

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Kenneth Williams is scheduled to be executed by Arkansas on Thursday. His attorney argued in court documents just after Jones' execution that complications made his final moments appear "to be torturous and inhuman".

Tracy Whitaker of The Searcy Daily Caller, DeMillo, and David Lippman of THV11 witnessed the execution. The state now turns off the mic after an inmate's final statement. "I'm sorry we didn't do the things that we needed to do to save you", James told Williams later.

"After last night's experience, I saw nothing that was inhumane that would have caused me to change my mind" about the death penalty, said Hammer, who supports capital punishment.

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Jones also gave his attorney a handwritten statement in which he outlined the ways in which he had tried to become a better person since being in prison. In Jones' last words he said, "I can't believe I did something to her". He cited Pope St. John Paul II's encyclical Evangelium Vitae, which said that death sentences should not be served for punishment "except in cases of absolute necessity: In other words, when it would not be possible otherwise to defend society".

The planned executions follow a commutation of a Virginia inmate's death sentence to life without parole by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who said that false information had been presented against Ivan Teleguz, 38, during the sentencing for a 2001 murder. "It don't take 22 years to get something done. People don't have to live like this or think like this for twenty something years".

In a handwritten statement written just before his death, Jones said he was filled with remorse.

Family members of the victims said they feel justice has finally come, but the agony of decades of appeals is very tough on them.

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Williams' "morbid obesity makes it likely that either the IV line can not be placed or that it will be placed in error, thus causing substantial damage (like a collapsed lung)", his attorneys wrote in an earlier court filing asking justices to block the execution.

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