As requested by Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, Gov. Asa Hutchinson has resumed setting execution dates with the hope a new Arkansas law and source of drugs for lethal injections will be cleared by federal courts. He calls for four double-header executions over the next four months.
Said the governor’s office:
After a careful review of information provided by the Attorney General, the Governor set the following dates according to the age of each inmate’s crime, which, in most cases, occurred over two decades ago.
The judgments against Bruce Earl Ward, convicted of the August 11, 1989, murder of Rebecca Doss of Little Rock, and Don William Davis, convicted of the October 12, 1990, murder of Jane Daniel of Rogers, will be carried out on October 21, 2015.
Terrick Terrell Nooner, convicted of the March 16, 1993, murder of Scot Stobaugh of Little Rock, and Stacey Eugene Johnson, convicted in Sevier County of the April 1, 1993, murder of Carol Heath of DeQueen, are set for November 3, 2015.
Marcel Wayne Williams, convicted of the November 20, 1994, murder of Stacy Errickson of Jacksonville, and Jack Harold Jones, Jr., convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death for the June 6, 1995, murder of Mary Phillips of Searcy, are set for December 14, 2015.
Jason McGehee, who was convicted of the August 19, 1996, murder of John Melbourne, Jr., of Harrison, and Kenneth Williams, who was convicted of the October 3, 1999, murder of Cecil Boren of Grady, are set for January 14, 2016.
All of the criminal judgments and sentences of death, which have undergone review in state and federal court, are final.
However, an attorney for Death Row inmates says there remains unsettled the issue of whether the state is in compliance with an agreement that it provide information about the drugs provided for executions.
Thirty-four men are on Death Row. The last execution was in November 2005.