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Reported at 11:36 PM CDT: Arkansas has executed Marcel Wayne Williams, the state's attorney general says, making him the second man to be put to death Monday night -- in Arkansas' first double execution since 1999. Williams was found guilty of murdering Stacy Errickson in 1994. [ See More ]

Arkansas also executed Jack Harold Jones on Monday. He was sentenced to death for the 1995 rape and murder of Mary Phillips.

Marcel Williams was scheduled to follow Jones. The two were among eight inmates Gov. Asa Hutchinson set for execution in April before the state's supply of sedatives used in lethal injection expires at the end of the month.

Before the second execution could begin, a federal district court judge issued a temporary stay based on claims from Williams' lawyers that Jones' death was "torturous and inhumane." Infirmary staff tried unsuccessfully for 45 minutes to place a line in Jones' neck, before placing one elsewhere on his body, the emergency motion read.

The state called the claims "utterly baseless" and a federal judge lifted the temporary stay, clearing the way for Williams' execution to proceed. [ Hide ]
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My name is Brent Butler. I'm 34, and grew up in Des Moines, IA. This site is home to my blog, some pictures, videos, Tweets and more.

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