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former death row inmate in arkansas released on parole


little rock, ark. (ap) — an arkansas inmate who spent more than 14 years on death row has been released on parole.tim howard was originally sentenced to death for the 1997 slayings of a south arkansas couple. but his conviction was overturned in 2013 and at a new trial, he was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 38 years in prison. howard has maintained his innocence.the state parole board approved howard’s parole last month, and arkansas community correction spokeswoman dina tyler says howard was released wednesday. tyler tells the arkansas democrat-gazette that howard’s parole will require employment, periodic drug testing, obeying a curfew and having no contact with the victims’ family.tyler says those terms are standard given howard’s conviction and number of years serve






arkansas parole board suggests mercy for 1 of 8 due to die


little rock, ark. (ap) — arkansas’ parole board on wednesday recommended that gov. asa hutchinson extend mercy to one of eight inmates scheduled to die in an unprecedented series of double-executions this month.hutchinson, a republican, is not bound by the board’s recommendation. the board, in a 6-1 vote, said hutchinson should spare jason mcgehee’s life, whose execution is set for april 27 in the death of 15-year-old johnny melbourne jr.the board did not offer a reason for the recommendation, but former department of correction director ray hobbs spoke in favor of clemency for mcgehee, 40, at a hearing last week, saying he’d gotten to know the inmate while making his rounds in prison.“he has learned his lesson, and he still has value that can be given to others if his life is spared,” hob






parole board holding clemency hearing for death row inmate


atlanta — georgia's parole board is scheduled to hear arguments for or against clemency for a death row inmate.the state board of pardons and paroles is holding a clemency hearing monday for j.w. ledford jr. he is scheduled to be put to death tuesday.ledford, who's 45, was convicted of murder in the january 1992 stabbing death of his neighbor, 73-year-old dr. harry johnston, near his home in murray county, in northwest georgia.the parole board is the only authority in georgia with power to commute a death sentence.ledford would be the first inmate executed this year in georgia. the state executed nine inmates last year.ledford's lawyers are asking the parole board to spare his life, citing a rough childhood, substance abuse from an early age and intellectual disability.






the latest: arkansas inmate asks us court to halt execution


little rock, ark. — the latest on arkansas' effort to execute a fourth inmate before its supply of a lethal injection drug expires on sunday (all times local):1:35 p.m.an arkansas inmate scheduled to die by lethal injection thursday night is asking the nation's highest court to halt his execution.attorneys for kenneth williams on thursday asked the u.s. supreme court to stay the condemned killer's execution. the filing claims arkansas did not provide williams a forum to litigate his claim that he is intellectually disabled and ineligible to be executed. the filing is among several appeals williams' attorneys have filed aimed at halting his execution.arkansas has executed three inmates during the past week under a plan that originally called for putting eight men to death over an 11-day per






arkansas governor sets execution dates for 8 inmates


little rock, ark. — arkansas gov. asa hutchinson has set execution dates for eight death row inmates, even though the state lacks one of three drugs needed to put the men to death.the republican released a statement monday saying he signed a proclamation scheduling executions for the eight inmates, though no dates were released.the move comes days after the state's attorney general told the governor the men had exhausted their appeals and there were no more legal obstacles to their executions.the u.s. supreme court last week rejected inmates' request to review a state court ruling upholding arkansas' lethal injection law.prison officials say they haven't replaced a lethal injection drug that expired in january.arkansas hasn't executed a death row inmate since 2005.






depp protests against arkansas executions


actor johnny depp joined former-death row inmate damien echols to protest against the arkansas plan to execute seven men over the span of 10 days, beginning on monday. they rallied outside the arkansas capitol building in little rock.arkansas governor backs record executions






contrasting accounts of arkansas execution from witnesses


little rock, ark. (ap) — as a condemned killer lay on a gurney awaiting lethal injection in arkansas’ death chamber, a federal judge had to decide whether there was sufficient evidence that an inmate executed earlier that evening showed signs that he was suffering while he was put to death.the judge ultimately allowed the second execution to go ahead after a hastily arranged 20-minute hearing by phone, marking the nation’s first double execution on one day in nearly 17 years, but the widely varying witness accounts of the first execution illustrate the risks that have made efforts to put more than one inmate to death in a day so rare.those questions loom as arkansas prepares to put another inmate to death thursday under what originally was an unprecedented plan to execute eight men over an






contrasting accounts of arkansas execution from witnesses


little rock, ark. — as a condemned killer lay on a gurney awaiting lethal injection in arkansas' death chamber, a federal judge had to decide whether there was sufficient evidence that an inmate executed earlier that evening showed signs that he was suffering while he was put to death.the judge ultimately allowed the second execution to go ahead after a hastily arranged 20-minute hearing by phone, marking the nation's first double execution on one day in nearly 17 years, but the widely varying witness accounts of the first execution illustrate the risks that have made efforts to put more than one inmate to death in a day so rare.those questions loom as arkansas prepares to put another inmate to death thursday under what originally was an unprecedented plan to execute eight men over an 11-d






arkansas supreme court issues stay for death row inmate


cbs/apapril 19, 2017, 7:47 pmthis undated photo shows death-row inmate stacey e. johnson. arkansas department of correction via ap last updated apr 20, 2017 12:26 am edtlittle rock, ark. -- the arkansas supreme court has halted one of two executions set for thursday, saying the condemned inmate should have a chance to prove his innocence with more dna testing.stacey johnson claims that advanced dna techniques could show that he didn’t kill carol heath, a 25-year-old mother of two, in 1993 at her southwest arkansas apartment. in a 4-3 ruling late wednesday afternoon, the state’s highest court issued a stay for johnson and ordered a new hearing in lower court for johnson to make his claims.arkansas gov. asa hutchinson says he is “surprised and disappointed” that the state supreme court has g






the latest: inmate lurches 20 times during execution


varner, ark. — the latest on arkansas' effort to execute a fourth inmate before its supply of a lethal injection drug expires on sunday (all times local):11:50 p.m.an arkansas inmate executed for the 1999 killing of a former deputy warden following an escape lurched 20 times on the gurney before three lethal drugs took his life.kenneth williams was executed thursday night. witnesses in the chamber, including an associated press reporter, described williams' movements as "lurching, convulsing, coughing and jerking."williams on thursday night became the fourth inmate that arkansas has executed in eight days.in a final statement before he was put to death, williams apologized to the families he "senselessly wronged and deprived of their loved ones."___11:35 p.m.in a final statement before he






arkansas supreme court issues stay for death row inmate


cbs/apapril 19, 2017, 7:47 pmthis undated photo shows death-row inmate stacey e. johnson. arkansas department of correction via ap little rock, ark. -- the arkansas supreme court has halted one of two executions set for thursday, saying the condemned inmate should have a chance to prove his innocence with more dna testing.stacey johnson claims that advanced dna techniques could show that he didn’t kill carol heath, a 25-year-old mother of two, in 1993 at her southwest arkansas apartment. in a 4-3 ruling late wednesday afternoon, the state’s highest court issued a stay for johnson and ordered a new hearing in lower court for johnson to make his claims.johnson was set for execution thursday night along with inmate ledell lee, who is also seeking a stay in a separate case.the innocence projec






arkansas supreme court issues stay for death row inmate


cbs/apapril 19, 2017, 7:47 pmthis undated photo shows death-row inmate stacey e. johnson. arkansas department of correction via ap little rock, ark. -- the arkansas supreme court has halted one of two executions set for thursday, saying the condemned inmate should have a chance to prove his innocence with more dna testing.stacey johnson claims that advanced dna techniques could show that he didn’t kill carol heath, a 25-year-old mother of two, in 1993 at her southwest arkansas apartment. in a 4-3 ruling late wednesday afternoon, the state’s highest court issued a stay for johnson and ordered a new hearing in lower court for johnson to make his claims.johnson was set for execution thursday night along with inmate ledell lee, who is also seeking a stay in a separate case.the innocence projec






the latest: arkansas inmate says monday execution was flawed


little rock, ark. — the latest on arkansas' effort to execute a fourth inmate before its supply of a lethal injection drug expires on sunday (all times local):11 a.m.an arkansas death row inmate is arguing that a double execution this week was flawed and raises concerns he could suffer an exceptionally painful death.kenneth williams is scheduled to die at 7 p.m. thursday for the killing of a former deputy prison warden following an escape. williams broke out less than three weeks into a life term for killing a college cheerleader.if williams is put to death, it would be the fourth execution for arkansas since april 20. the state initially planned to execute eight men in 11 days because an execution drug expires sunday.during a monday execution, jack jones jr.'s mouth moved several times wh






arkansas inmate attempting to halt nov. 9 execution


pine bluff, ark. (ap) — a lawyer for an arkansas death row inmate set for execution next week is telling a judge that the state’s prisons director doesn’t have the expertise to decide whether the man should live or die.jack greene’s lawyers say doctors should have a greater say on whether greene understands why he is to be executed. arkansas law gives the prisons chief’s opinion considerable weight.television station katv reported greene and lawyer jack williams were in jefferson county circuit court on thursday hoping to stop the nov. 9 execution. assistant attorney general kathryn henry said any change in the law should come from legislators.if greene receives a lethal injection next week, it would be arkansas’ first execution since it put four men to death in an eight-day period in apri






arkansas inmate on lam for 32 years was visiting mom when caught


dishman was sentenced in december 1984 and would have been eligible for parole in december 1987






arkansas poised to execute man amid fight over mental health


little rock, ark. (ap) — jack greene’s lawyers say he’s severely mentally ill. the arkansas death row inmate says they’re lying.as greene approaches a nov. 9 execution date, his lawyers are raising questions about who should determine his mental competency. arkansas gives considerable weight to its prison director’s opinion in deciding whether a condemned inmate has the mental capacity to understand his execution; greene’s lawyers want doctors to have a greater say.“the system is really quite antiquated,” john williams, an attorney for greene, said in an interview. “(prison director) wendy kelley is an arm of the state. she doesn’t have the expertise to make that determination.”greene was convicted for the 1991 killing sidney jethro burnett after burnett and his wife accused greene of arso






the latest: governor calls night 'serious and reflective'


little rock, ark. — the latest on arkansas' attempt to carry out the nation's first double execution since 2000 (all times local):10:45 p.m.arkansas' governor and attorney general say justice has been carried out for the family of a woman who was killed by marcel williams more than 20 years ago.williams was executed monday night. he was sentenced to death for the 1994 killing of stacy errickson, whom he'd kidnapped and strangled.gov. asa hutchinson says it's "a serious and reflective time" in arkansas but that residents should know that justice has been carried out.attorney general leslie rutledge, whose office fought back several last-minute appeals, said she's hopeful that williams' execution brings "much-needed peace" to errickson's children, who are now adults.___10:40 p.m.arkansas has






arkansas supreme court grants stay of execution to inmate scheduled to be put to


share storyby the associated pressthe associated presslittle rock, ark. (ap) — arkansas supreme court grants stay of execution to inmate scheduled to be put to death thursday night.the associated presscustom-curated news highlights, delivered weekday mornings.thanks for signing up!






judge blocks execution of 1 of 8 arkansas inmates


little rock, ark. (ap) — a judge on thursday blocked the execution of one of the eight inmates arkansas was planning to put to death this month, but said at least five of them could go forward even though he found that the state broke some rules and policies.u.s. district judge d. price marshall jr. ruled for jason mcgehee, 40, a day after the arkansas parole board recommended republican gov. asa hutchinson grant mcgehee clemency. marshall said the state must allow for a 30-day comment period that will last until after a key execution drug expires on april 30.the judge said he might also rule for inmate jack jones if the parole board approves his clemency petition friday. marshall said that in the case of five other inmates, no violation tipped the scales of justice. he refused to halt the






the latest: arkansas panel votes against inmate clemency bid


little rock, ark. — the latest on (all times local):3:40 p.m.the arkansas parole board is recommending the governor reject a convicted murderer's request to be spared from lethal injection next month, knocking down one of several efforts to halt the state's unprecedented plan to conduct four double executions over a 10-day period.the board on wednesday told gov. asa hutchinson that marcel williams' clemency request was without merit. the ultimate decision on whether to spare williams' life rests with hutchinson, who scheduled the eight executions last month.the panel recommended monday hutchinson reject clemency for two other convicted killers scheduled for execution next month. the panel is scheduled to hold hearings on the remaining clemency requests from two other inmates on friday. the






drug suits, clemencies considered before arkansas executions


little rock, ark. — arkansas officials say their plans for eight executions in a 10-day period will fall through if a federal judge gives death row inmates more time to prepare clemency requests.a judge on tuesday will consider the inmates' request for additional time. lawyers for the state said monday the prisoners know that the state's supply of a key sedative expires april 30 and that it would be "impossible" to execute the prisoners because "arkansas has no source of midazolam" beyond that already in stock.a look at where things stand with two weeks remaining before the executions are set to begintwo weeks awayunder the current schedule, bruce earl ward and don william davis are to be executed two weeks from now on the same day — april 17. they most likely will be put to death in the o






drug suits, clemencies considered before arkansas executions


little rock, ark. — arkansas officials say their plans for eight executions in a 10-day period will fall through if a federal judge gives death row inmates more time to prepare clemency requests.a judge on tuesday will consider the inmates' request for additional time. lawyers for the state said monday the prisoners know that the state's supply of a key sedative expires april 30 and that it would be "impossible" to execute the prisoners because "arkansas has no source of midazolam" beyond that already in stock.a look at where things stand with two weeks remaining before the executions are set to begin:two weeks awayunder the current schedule, bruce earl ward and don william davis are to be executed two weeks from now on the same day — april 17. they most likely will be put to death in the






arkansas prepares for 1st double execution in u.s. since 2000


two condemned arkansas killers who admit they're guilty but fear their poor health could lead to extreme pain during lethal injections set for monday might become the first inmates put to death in a double execution in the u.s. in more than 16 years.jack jones and marcel williams are set to die in what would be the second and third executions in arkansas this month. the state set an aggressive plan to execute several inmates before one of its lethal injection drugs expires at the end of april.the state executed ledell lee last week in the state's first use of capital punishment since 2005. gov. asa hutchinson originally scheduled four double executions over an 11-day period in april. the eight executions would have been the most by a state in such a short period since the u.s. supreme cour






arkansas prepares for 1st double execution in u.s. since 2000


two condemned arkansas killers who admit they're guilty but fear their poor health could lead to extreme pain during lethal injections set for monday might become the first inmates put to death in a double execution in the u.s. in more than 16 years.jack jones and marcel williams are set to die in what would be the second and third executions in arkansas this month. the state set an aggressive plan to execute several inmates before one of its lethal injection drugs expires at the end of april.the state executed ledell lee last week in the state's first use of capital punishment since 2005. gov. asa hutchinson originally scheduled four double executions over an 11-day period in april. the eight executions would have been the most by a state in such a short period since the u.s. supreme cour






drug suits, clemencies considered before arkansas executions


little rock, ark. — arkansas officials say their plans for eight executions in a 10-day period will fall through if a federal judge gives death row inmates more time to prepare clemency requests.a judge on tuesday will consider the inmates' request for additional time. lawyers for the state said monday that the prisoners know the state's supply of a key sedative expires april 30 and that it would be "impossible" to execute the prisoners because "arkansas has no source of midazolam" beyond that already in stock.here's where things stand with two weeks remaining before the executions are set to begin:two weeks awayunder the current schedule, bruce earl ward and don william davis are to be executed two weeks from now on the same day — april 17. they most likely will be put to death in the ord






arkansas conducts first execution in nearly dozen years


varner, ark. -- arkansas has executed an inmate for the first time in nearly a dozen years as part of its plan to execute several inmates before a drug expires april 30, despite court rulings that have already spared three men. ledell lee was pronounced dead at 11:56 p.m. thursday. the 51-year-old lee was given the death penalty for the 1993 death of his neighbor debra reese, whom lee struck 36 times with a tire tool.arkansas had scheduled eight executions over an 11-day period before the end of april, when its supply of one lethal injection drug expires. the first three executions were canceled because of court decisions. two more inmates are set to die monday, and one on april 27. another inmate scheduled for execution next week has received a stay.cbs little rock affiliate kthv-tv repor






arkansas prepares for 1st double execution in us since 2000


little rock, ark. — two condemned arkansas killers who admit they're guilty but fear their poor health could lead to extreme pain during lethal injections set for monday might become the first inmates put to death in a double execution in the u.s. in more than 16 years.jack jones and marcel williams are set to die in what would be the second and third arkansas inmates executed this month as part of the state's aggressive plan to execute several inmates before one of its lethal injection drugs expires.the state executed ledell lee last week in the state's first use of capital punishment since 2005. gov. asa hutchinson originally scheduled four double executions over an 11-day period in april. the eight executions would have been the most by a state in such a compressed period since the u.s.






arkansas governor says he intends to commute sentence of death row inmate that s


share storyby the associated pressthe associated presslittle rock, ark. (ap) — arkansas governor says he intends to commute sentence of death row inmate that state had planned to execute in april.the associated press






attorneys ask judge to halt arkansas inmate's execution


little rock, ark. — attorneys for an arkansas inmate scheduled to be put to death in november have asked a judge to spare his life.they say the execution would violate the constitution because the inmate suffers from a psychotic disorder.attorneys for jack gordon greene asked a jefferson county judge late wednesday to give greene a hearing to determine whether he is incompetent to be executed.greene was convicted of killing sidney jethro burnett in 1991 after burnett and his wife accused greene of arson.gov. asa hutchinson last month scheduled greene's execution for nov. 9 after the state said it had a new supply of midazolam, one of three drugs the state uses for lethal injection. arkansas executed four inmates in april, its first executions in nearly 12 years.






the latest: governor's spokesman praises prison staff


varner, ark. — the latest on arkansas' effort to execute a fourth inmate before its supply of a lethal injection drug expires on sunday (all times local):12:25 a.m.a spokesman for arkansas' governor says repeated movements by an inmate executed by the state thursday night were an "involuntary muscular reaction" to one of the drugs used.spokesman j.r. davis says he expects gov. asa hutchinson to review thursday's lethal injection of kenneth williams but said the governor is confident in how state's fourth execution in eight days was carried out.davis stood by his previous description of the state's recent executions as "flawless."an associated press reporter who witnessed williams' execution said the inmate lurched and convulsed 20 times before he died.___11:50 p.m.an arkansas inmate execut






arkansas prepares for 1st double execution in us since 2000


little rock, ark. (ap) — two condemned arkansas killers who admit they’re guilty but fear their poor health could lead to extreme pain during lethal injections set for monday might become the first inmates put to death in a double execution in the u.s. in more than 16 years.jack jones and marcel williams are set to die in what would be the second and third arkansas inmates executed this month as part of the state’s aggressive plan to execute several inmates before one of its lethal injection drugs expires.the state executed ledell lee last week in the state’s first use of capital punishment since 2005. gov. asa hutchinson originally scheduled four double executions over an 11-day period in april. the eight executions would have been the most by a state in such a compressed period since the






arkansas’ supply of a sedative is about to expire — and that could delay series


little rock, ark. — arkansas officials say their plans for eight executions in a 10-day period will fall through if a federal judge gives death row inmates more time to prepare clemency requests.a judge on tuesday will consider the inmates’ request for additional time. lawyers for the state said monday that the prisoners know the state’s supply of a key sedative expires april 30 and that it would be “impossible” to execute the prisoners because “arkansas has no source of midazolam” beyond that already in stock.here’s where things stand with two weeks remaining before the executions are set to begin:two weeks awayunder the current schedule, bruce earl ward and don william davis are to be executed two weeks from now on the same day — april 17. they most likely will be put to death in the ord






parole board denies mercy for condemned ohio killer of 2


columbus, ohio — ohio's parole board has denied mercy for a death row inmate convicted of killing two people.the board voted 11-1 against clemency for condemned killer raymond tibbetts in a decision released friday.the 59-year-old tibbetts is scheduled for execution july 26.tibbetts was sentenced to death for killing 67-year-old fred hicks at hicks' cincinnati home in 1997. he was sentenced to life without parole for the beating death of his 42-year-old wife, judith crawford, during an argument over tibbetts' crack cocaine habit.both crimes happened the same day.a public defender for tibbetts says they are disappointed more members of the board weren't swayed by the "impact of ray's traumatic upbringing on his development." but he says they are optimistic that gov. john kasich (kay'-sik) w






arkansas plans fourth execution in about a week


arkansas plans to end its series of april executions by putting to death on thursday an inmate convicted of murdering a cheerleader and who escaped from prison and killed two other people before being captured again.arkansas, which had not held an execution in 12 years until this month, has put three inmates to death since april 20. it plans to execute kenneth williams, 38, by lethal injection at 7 p.m. cdt at its death chamber in its cummins unit prison.arkansas originally had planned to execute eight inmates in 11 days in april, the most of any state in as short a period since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976. four of the executions were put on hold by courts due to mental competency issues for two inmates, to consider a clemency recommendation by a state board for another, and f






arkansas governor brushes off calls for full review of executions


little rock, ark. -- the arkansas governor said friday that he sees no reason for anything beyond a routine review of the state's execution procedures after a condemned inmate lurched and convulsed 20 times during a lethal injection.attorneys for kenneth williams and the american civil liberties union have called for a full investigation after williams became the fourth convicted killer executed in arkansas in eight days. the state sought to carry out as many lethal injections as possible before one of its drugs expires sunday. "i think it's totally unjustified," gov. asa hutchinson told reporters when asked about the possibility of an independent probe. "you don't call for an independent investigation unless there's some reason for it. last night, one of the goals was there not be any ind






the latest: supreme court lets 2nd execution proceed


little rock, ark. — the latest on arkansas' attempt to carry out the nation's first double execution since 2000 (all times local):7:50 p.m.the u.s. supreme court has rejected an execution stay for inmate marcel williams, which will allow arkansas to put to death two inmates in a single night.justices rejected williams' request for a stay monday night. williams is scheduled for execution at about 8:15 p.m.williams had argued that his obesity could make it difficult for officials to place an iv, and also that his previous lawyers were ineffectual at trial and during earlier appeals.arkansas earlier executed inmate jack jones monday night. the two executions would be the first time since 2000 that a state has conducted a double execution.___7:45 p.m.an arkansas inmate put to death in the firs






jihadist groups cheer trump’s ‘blessed’ travel ban as a victory that will make r


jihadist groups on sunday celebrated the trump administration’s ban on travel from seven muslim-majority countries, saying the new policy validates their claim that the united states is at war with islam.comments posted to pro-islamic state social media accounts predicted that u.s. president donald trump’s executive order would persuade american muslims to side with the extremists. one posting hailed the u.s. president as “the best caller to islam,” while others predicted that trump would soon launch a new war in the middle east.“[islamic state leader abu bakr] al-baghdadi has the right to come out and inform trump that banning muslims from entering america is a ‘blessed ban,'” said one posting to a pro-islamic state channel on telegram, a social-media platform. the writer compared the exe