Arkansas Conducts First Execution Since 2005
Wochit Headline News - Friday, 21 April 2017
Arkansas carried out its first execution in nearly a dozen years despite a flurry of legal challenges that spared three convicted killers. Ledell Lee was pronounced dead minutes before midnight Thursday, capping a chaotic week of legal wrangling. Arkansas originally wanted to put eight inmates to death before the state's supply of midazolam, one of three drugs used in its lethal injection process, expires at the end of April. The state originally set four double executions over an 11-day period in April in order to use the drugs effectively. That would have been the most by a state in such a compressed period since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976.