Arkansas Supreme Court refuses stays of two executions | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Arkansas Supreme Court refuses stays of two executions

Posted By on Thu, Apr 6, 2017 at 10:05 AM

The Arkansas Supreme Court issued a batch of orders today related to appeals from Death Row inmates. They included cursory denials of stays of execution for Ledell Lee and Stacey Johnson, both scheduled to die April 20. The men have exhausted standard appeals, but are continuing post-conviction relief proceedings.

Lee, convicted of the fatal beating of Debra Reese of Little Rock, has alleged incompetence of counsel in an earlier proceeding. Johnson, convicted of the fatal beating of Carol Heath of DeQueen, insists he's innocent and is seeking DNA testing.

Though a variety of actions are pending at the state level, major contests are pending in federal court over the execution process and a shortening of the clemency process to allow for eight executions in 10 days before a supply of an anesthetic used in the killing expires. Six inmates have clemency applications pending and the state Parole Board has recommended clemency in one case. Gov. Asa Hutchinson has decided none of these yet.

Tags: , , ,


Sign up for the Daily Update email
Favorite

Comments

Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • Women's March planned in Arkansas to mark Trump inauguration

    Speaking of Donald Trump and in answer to a reader's question: There will be a women's march in Arkansas on Jan. 21, the day after inauguration, as well as the national march planned in Washington.
    • Dec 30, 2016
  • Honeymoon appears over for Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Baghdad Barbie of Trump White House

    The reviews aren't kind for Sarah Huckabee Sanders' honesty as White House press secretary
    • Feb 9, 2018
  • Trump immigration protest at LR: Quick and fierce

    It was not even 24 hours ago that Sophia Said, director of the Interfaith Center; City Director Kathy Webb and others decided to organize a protest today of Donald Trump's executive order that has left people from Muslim countries languishing in airports or unable to come to the US at all — people with visas, green cards,a  post-doc graduate student en route to Harvard, Google employees abroad, families. I got the message today before noon; others didn't find out until it was going on. But however folks found out, they turned out in huge numbers, more than thousand men, women and children, on the grounds of the state Capitol to listen to speakers from all faiths and many countries.
    • Jan 29, 2017

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Slideshows

 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation