Arkansas conducts first execution since 2005, plans 3 more

Lee showed no signs of consciousness two minutes after the lethal injection, which began at 11:44 p.m.

Reports said there were no visible reactions from Lee after the drug mix was administered.

The wire service reports that Lee made no final statement. J.R. Davis, a spokesman for Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, speaks with reporters early Friday, April 21, 2017, following the execution of death row inmate Ledell Lee. "Justice was carried out".

Furonda Brasfield, from the Arkansas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, said she was "dismayed that our governing officials wouldn't allow the innocence claims to be fully explored". "While reasonable people can disagree on whether death is an appropriate form of punishment, no one should be executed when there is a possibility that person is innocent".

The Arkansas Supreme Court later reversed the restraining order.

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The US Supreme Court cleared the way for Lee's execution less than an hour before his death warrant was set to expire at midnight, rejecting a round of last-minute appeals the condemned inmate's lawyers had filed.

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. The pharmaceutical companies say there is a public health risk if their drugs are diverted for use in executions, and that the state's possession of the drugs violates rules within their distribution networks.

Hikma, the British manufacturers of the drug, have opposed its use in executions, and the makers of other drugs have tried to halt the executions in the courts, arguing that the prison authorities were unauthorised to use their products. In text messages from Jenkins' phone, which came up at Wednesday's court hearing, there is no mention that the drug would be used in executions. Lee avoided execution after Circuit Court Judge Alice Gray issued a restraining order that barred the state from usingvecuronium bromide purchased last summer from McKesson Corporation, the nation's largest drug distributor.

Arkansas had initially scheduled eight inmates to die over an 11-day period in April - the fastest pace of executions in decades. 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.

Arkansas has executed its first prisoner for 12 years, after three thwarted attempts to resurrect capital punishment.

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These discussions are expected to be able to continue in the run up to the election, which is scheduled for June 8. However, Labour has a steep hill to climb indeed, if he is to change the minds of the majority of the electorate.

Arkansas's now six scheduled executions this month have been effectively stayed, again.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said he was "surprised and disappointed" by the decision to stay Stacey Johnson's execution.

Lee and Johnson are the only two inmates among the group of eight to consistently maintain their innocence. "They both want the use of new DNA technology, new DNA testing, that they haven't gotten since they were first convicted in the early '90s", Kauffman reported.

"In preparation for their scheduled executions, Johnson and Lee were moved Tuesday to the Cummins Unit, the location of the state's execution chamber, a prisons spokesman said Wednesday". They also said the execution should be put on hold to allow for newer types of DNA testing that were previously unavailable.

"I know the families of the victims are anxious for a clear-cut explanation from the majority as to how they came to this conclusion and how there appears to be no end to the court's review", Hutchinson said. "But in many ways", he says, "it's emotions they've experienced before, since these executions have been going through different legal hurdles for 20 years or so".

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