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Pictures at an execution 

Photos taken Thursday night by Brian Chilson and David Koon, at Cummins Prison in Grady, the State Police barricade away from the prison and in front of the Governor's Mansion, before and after the execution of Ledell Lee.
Brian Chilson
The press waits in the day visiting room at Cummins Prison as the first stay of execution is announced after 7 p.m.
David Koon
Lynn Jones, sister of Arkansas Death Row inmate Jack Jones, who is set to be executed on Monday. She said the tattoo is a copy of how her brother signs his letters to her.
Brian Chilson
At 6:16 p.m., the witnesses are led to the death chamber for the 7 p.m. scheduled execution. They returned after the first stay was issued.
Brian Chilson
Solomon Graves, spokesman for the prison, leaves the podium after announcing the first stay, issued by the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. Graves said Lee "was never moved into the [execution] chamber prior to the issuance of the stay."
David Koon
Randy Gardner, the brother of Ronnie Lee Gardner — the last man executed by firing squad in Utah, was a protester at the State Police roadblack a half mile from the prison. His tattoo is of his brother's tombstone.
David Koon
After sundown, the protesters at the Governor's Mansion holding vigil lit candles.
David Koon
Judy Robinson-Johnson, wife of inmate Stacey Johnson, whose execution was scheduled for next week, but has been stayed. She said that if she could talk to Gov. Asa Hutchinson, she would try to appeal to his heart. The state Supreme Court remanded Johnson's case to Circuit Court for a hearing on his post-conviction DNA testing. The Innocence Project asked the court for the stay.
David Koon
Night falls on Cummins Prison.
David Koon
Vigil at the Mansion by death penalty opponents.
Brian Chilson
Governor Hutchinson's spokesman J.R. Davis talks to the press at the prison, saying the governor is assured of Lee's guilt. Later, Davis, asked about the stress of a double execution on Monday, said the governor is "completely confident in Director [Wendy] Kelley and her staff."
Brian Chilson
Prison spokesman Solomon Graves receives the details of the execution.
Sean Murphy, an Associated Press reporter chosen to witness the execution, is flanked by Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reporter John Moritz and KATV online reporter Marine Glisovic as he provides details of the execution. Murphy, who witnessed the botched execution of Clayton Lockett in Oklahoma, said he saw nothing abnormal in the process, including the consciousness check.
Brian Chilson
Ledell Lee is pronounced dead at 11:56 p.m.
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David Koon
Judy Robinson-Johnson, wife of inmate Stacey Johnson, whose execution was scheduled for next week, but has been stayed. She said that if she could talk to Gov. Asa Hutchinson, she would try to appeal to his heart. The state Supreme Court remanded Johnson's case to Circuit Court for a hearing on his post-conviction DNA testing. The Innocence Project asked the court for the stay.
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    Arkansas Times contributor Jacob Rosenberg is at the Cummins Unit in Grady filing dispatches tonight in advance of the expected execution of Ledell Lee, who was sentenced to death for the Feb. 9, 1993, murder of Debra Reese, 26, who was beaten to death in the bedroom of her home in Jacksonville.
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