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Arkansas carries out 1 execution; at 11:56 p.m., drugs end Lee’s life

Subscriber onlyArkansas killed a prisoner Thursday night for the first time in more than 11 years after the state high court spared another death-row inmate's life. Continue reading...

For Ledell Lee, fighting verdict to the end futile

Prosecutor: As serial rapist, killer, he deserved his death

Subscriber onlyMore than two decades after he was found guilty in the slaying of a Jacksonville woman, Ledell Lee died by lethal injection Thursday night amid his protestations of innocence and last-ditch efforts for court-ordered DNA tests. Continue reading...

Hold put on 2 executions set for today

Appeals, high court rulings on tap as clock ticks away

Subscriber onlyTwo late-evening rulings Wednesday again halted Arkansas' march toward executions, although the state attorney general's office plans to take action to reverse the most sweeping of the judicial orders. Continue reading...

Drug firm again seeks court stay ahead of scheduled Arkansas executions

Subscriber onlyThe drug distributor that won a temporary restraining order Friday in Arkansas' planned executions then voluntarily withdrew its lawsuit over the weekend has again urged a Pulaski County judge to stop the state from using its medicine to kill prisoners. Continue reading...

Day ends without an execution in Arkansas

Subscriber onlyGRADY -- Waiting in a windowless cell, steps from Arkansas' death chamber, convicted murderer Don Davis escaped lethal injection Monday night at the Cummins prison unit near Pine Bluff. Continue reading...

Appeals court overturns federal judge's order blocking Arkansas executions

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday reversed a federal judge's decision granting a temporary injunction to eight inmates that Arkansas plans to execute this month. Continue reading...

Rulings aside, state readies for 2 executions tonight

Subscriber onlyWith legal questions unanswered on Day One of Arkansas' plans to execute up to eight prisoners by month's end, state prison officials are nonetheless preparing to carry out the executions as scheduled. Continue reading...

State judge halts executions

He stops 6; justices grant stay for the 7th

Subscriber onlyA Pulaski County circuit judge on Friday halted six scheduled executions -- the first of which was scheduled for Monday -- by ordering the state's Department of Correction not to use the second drug in the three-drug cocktail. Continue reading...

Arkansas Supreme Court grants emergency stay for 1 of 7 inmates scheduled to die

The Arkansas Supreme Court on Friday granted an emergency stay in the scheduled execution of Bruce Earl Ward, the first of seven inmates scheduled to die over an 11-day period beginning Monday. Continue reading...

2 drugmakers file to halt use of wares in Arkansas executions

Subscriber onlyTwo pharmaceutical companies Thursday evening asked a federal judge to stop Arkansas from using their drugs in the planned lethal injections of seven death-row inmates over 11 days, with the first two executions scheduled for Monday. Continue reading...

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