Arkansas executes 2 inmates on the same gurney, hours apart

Jack Harold Jones Jr. Jack Jones Marcel Williams

Jack Harold Jones Jr. Jack Jones Marcel Williams

Arkansas executed two convicted killers scheduled to die by lethal injection Monday night after a brief flurry of legal wrangling by attorneys who claimed the first execution was botched. Williams was executed more than three hours after the execution of Jack Jones, 52, according to officials at Cummins Unit prison.

Inmates Jack Jones and Marcel Williams were both executed by lethal injection on Monday night (April 24).

But Monday night's double execution - the first in the United States since August 2000 - has aroused little visible emotion in U.S. political circles, and even less in the broader public.

Williams's execution was delayed at the last minute by a federal district judge after his attorneys argued that Jones's execution was "torturous".

An ADC spokesman says Marcel Williams was pronounced dead at 10:33 p.m.

The double execution of Jack Harold Jones and Marcel Wayne Williams were part of a mass-killing by the state related to the impending expiration of key drugs used in the process.

According to the Philadelphia attorneys, one juror who worked at the prison told other jurors during penalty-phase deliberations of Williams' trial "about her experiences working in the prison and about the differences in housing for life- and death-sentenced prisoners".

Up until last week, the state hadn't held an execution since 2005. The eight executions would have been the most by a state in such a short period since the US Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976.

Once an execution is scheduled, new legal issues arise, such as clemency appeals and claims of mental illness, impairment or ineffective counsel, among others. The eight executions were pushed by the state before its supply of a lethal injection drug expires on April 30.

Both inmates due to be put to death on Monday have admitted they are guilty.

Williams was expected to be executed directly following Jones' execution.

"She was sexually abused in every way possible and as she was suffering he took a cord off a coffee pot and strangled her". We don't know, we weren't told if that's because there was a delay with putting the IV in.

In responses submitted Wednesday, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge's office called the motions "an obvious attempt to overwhelm the Court with last-minute filings containing claims that could have been asserted almost a decade ago". There were questions as to whether or not Jones' execution was painless and humane. Jones had fried chicken, potato logs with tartar sauce, beef jerky bites, three candy bars, a chocolate milkshake and fruit punch.

Graves says Williams had fried chicken, banana pudding, nachos, two sodas and potato logs with ketchup.

The pharmaceutical companies said there is a public health risk if their drugs are diverted for use in executions, CBS reported, and that the state's possession of the drugs violates rules within their distribution networks. It was the first double-execution in the USA since 2000.

Williams was sentenced to death in 1997 for abducting, robbing, raping and killing Stacy Errickson, who was 22 and was living at the Little Rock Air Force Base while her husband was serving overseas.

The lethal injections at the center of the controversy are composed of three drugs - midazolam, vecuronium bromide and potassium chloride - administered one after another.

It's unclear whether the concerns over Jones' execution could pose challenges for the state's plan to execute Kenneth Williams on Friday. The number of executions (20) in 2016 reached the lowest level recorded in any year since 1991.

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