Arkansas will have one of the bloodiest weeks in the state’s history.
The day after Easter, Arkansas will execute 8 men over the period of 11 days
Why the rush?
It is because one of the key drugs, midazolam, in their lethal injection will expire at the end of April. The 8 men Arkansas will execute have all been convicted of capital murder and have been on death row as early as 1990. The state will put 2 men to death a day beginning April 17 until the 27.
The upcoming executions will be the first time in 12 years Arkansas has executed anyone. If they succeed, they will also become the only other state, besides Texas, that has put eight prisoners to die in a month.
As the state prepares for its state historic executions. Find out who the men Arkansas will execute over 11 days and what crime they committed.
In 1990 Ward was sentenced to death for the murder of 18-year-old Rebecca Doss at a Little Rock, Arkansas gas station. He is scheduled to be put to death on April 17th.
Williams kidnapped and murdered Stacy Rae Errickson at a gas station. He has been on death row since 1997. Williams is scheduled to die on April 24.
McGhee has been on death row since ’97 for the kidnap and murder of 15-year-old John Melbourne Jr. Mcghee is scheduled to die by lethal injection on April 27.
In 2000, Williams was sentenced to death for killing Cecil Boren. Williams is scheduled to die by lethal injection on April 27.
Johnson maintains he is innocent of beating and strangling Carol Heath before he slit her throat. He did this all while her two young children slept and he has been on death row since ’94. Johnson is scheduled for execution April 20th.
Lee maintains his innocence of a crime similar to that of Stacey Johnson’s crime. He was sentenced to death in ’95 for beating Debra Reese to death in her home. He is scheduled for execution April 20th.
Davis shot and killed Jane Daniels inside her home. In 1992, Davis was put on death row, he is scheduled to be put to death on April 17th.
Jones was sentenced to death in ’96 for raping and murdering Mary Phillips. Jones is scheduled to die on April 24.