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Attorney: Reports of execution 'horrifying'

Attorney: Reports of execution 'horrifying'

On Thursday night, the state conducted its fourth and final execution by lethal injection of eight Death Row inmates who were slated to die.

Kenneth Williams was sentenced to death for killing former deputy warden Cecil Boren after escaping from the Cummins Unit prison in a 500-gallon barrel of hog slop in 1999.

Ledell Lee, Jack Jones and Marcel Williams, and Kenneth Williams, were executed April 20, Monday and Thursday, respectively. "I pray this lawful execution will bring closure and peace to the Boren family".

During the execution, Williams expressed remorse in his final words.

"I was more than wrong". "I was in shock", Johnson said.

Williams was pronounced dead at 11:05 pm last night.

The execution was unusual to begin with because of the state's ongoing difficulty finding drugs. Alabama used the controversial sedative midazolam (a "valium-like drug") in the execution.

Her decision came after Jason McGhee, a death-row inmate who had also been scheduled to die on Thursday, filed an emergency order. Roughly three hours after he was set to be executed, the Supreme Court denied all appeals. Arkansas' remaining supply of midazolam expires Sunday, and it's not known where the state will be able to get more of the sedative or its dwindling supply of the other two drugs.

His daughters thanked Governor Asa Hutchinson and the ADC after his execution.

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One of Williams' attorneys, Shawn Nolan, described the accounts of Williams' execution as "horrifying".

Reports of shaking and convulsions from media witnesses prompted Williams's attorneys and the ACLU of Arkansas to demand an investigation into his execution.

Davis said he was sure Hutchinson would follow up "as he does with every execution", but that the governor was confident the Department of Correction "did what it was supposed to do".

Rutledge said she could send more names to the governor as soon as May.

But Williams' face was expressionless, and it didn't appear as if he were in pain, she said.

"I saw an efficient, effective execution process", state Sen.

Williams' lawyers had said he had sickle-cell trait, lupus and brain damage, and argued that the combined maladies could subject him to an exceptionally painful execution in violation of the Constitution. They are the first executions the state has carried out since 2005. The lawyers for Williams tried unsuccessfully to win a last-minute stay of his execution with claims that Jones's execution by lethal injection "appeared to be torturous and inhumane".

But manufacturers and European countries started withholding sodium thiopental and pentobarbital, saying they didn't want them used in executions. Arkansas and at least six other states turned to midazolam as an alternative, the Death Penalty Information Center says. "Our prayers are with all the victims' families and all those involved in carrying out these four executions". In Ohio, Dennis McGuire gasped and convulsed for 10 minutes before dying.

JOSEPH WOOD: Executed on July 23, 2014, in Arizona. And in Oklahoma, Clayton Lockett writhed for 43 minutes before succumbing to a heart attack. The state requires two full doses of each of the three drugs including a backup dose of each in case there is an issue during an execution.

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The latest unorthodox execution involving a disputed sedative likely will influence arguments in a rare hearing later this year by a federal appeals court.

It's unclear whether Arkansas will receive fresh midazolam supplies after its current batch expires. Lee was convicted of murder in 1995 but always maintained his innocence.

An AP reporter present at Williams' death reported that he "lurched and convulsed on the gurney" as the drugs for his lethal injection were administered.

I've written our four children that if, heaven forfend, someone murdered their mother or me, that I expect them to do the same thing as Kayla Greenwood.

"The close scheduling of these executions is unprecedented in modern USA history", said Amnesty International spokesperson Erika Guevara Rosas in a press release prior to the executions.

After his conviction in Hurd's killing, Kenneth Williams escaped from Cummins prison the following year and killed Boren at his home a couple miles away. He first killed Cecil Boren and, during a police chase, he killed Michael Greenwood in a auto crash. Following his execution they issued a statement decrying his execution and all capital punishment sentences.

"When he found out that we are bringing his daughter and granddaughter to see him, and that my mom and dad bought the tickets, he was crying to the attorney", Greenwood said.

"We just live 2 miles from the prison".

"We are looking forward to this happening so we can put it behind us".

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