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U.S. Death Penalty Discussion / Re: States revamping execution...
Last post by Rick4404 - April 26, 2017, 09:15:51 PM
It appears that all the states which use lethal injection as the means of execution have been finding it harder and harder to obtain supplies of the lethal drugs that are used to conduct an execution with. Therefore, many states have been scrambling to, among other things, reinstate their former means of execution -- including electrocution, firing squad, hanging and so forth.  Other states, like Oklahoma, have been thinking outside of the box.  Oklahoma legalized execution by nitrogen asphyxiation recently.  It would only come into play should lethal injection be declared unconstitutional by a court of competent jurisdiction.   

Arkansas scheduled eight men for execution over the span of 11 days. Three of the executions have been carried out with a fourth scheduled for tonight. The other seven inmates had their executions delayed by court proceedings.

Although I am certainly not an expert, it seems that the use of Midazolam has been proving itself to be problematic in a number of recent executions.  Apparently, the drug isn't potent enough to ensure complete sedation before the other drugs are administered; thus potentially not rendering an inmate unconscious enough to not feel pain as the other drugs are administered. 
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Scheduled Executions / J. W. Ledford - GA - 5/16/17
Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper - April 26, 2017, 08:27:21 PM
Georgia schedules its first execution of the year

 By Rhonda Cook
 The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

 A Murray County judge on Wednesday signed a warrant setting a May execution of J.W. Ledford for the 1992 murder of his elderly neighbor.

If Ledford, 45, is put to death, he will be Georgia's first lethal injection in 2017, coming off a record year during which the state executed nine men in 11 months.

 According to the warrant, Ledford's execution is to be scheduled for between noon May 16 and noon on May 23. Usually, the Department of Corrections schedules executions for 7 p.m. on the first day of the window, which will be May 16. It will be carried out at the death chamber at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison near Jackson, about 50 miles south of Atlanta.

 William Sallie was the last person Georgia put to death. He was executed Dec. 6 for a 1990 murder.

 Ledford was 20 years old, but had been drinking and using drugs half his life when he murdered his "rather feeble" 73-year-old neighbor, Dr. Harry Johnston on Jan. 31, 1992.

 According to testimony at the death penalty trial in Murray County, Ga., Antoinette Johnston had just seen her husband drive away in his pickup with someone in the passenger seat when Ledford knocked on the door and asked to speak with the physician.

 Ledford left when she told him her husband wasn't home, but he returned 15 to 20 minutes later, introducing himself and asking again to see Johnston. Ledford left only to return a third time about 10 minutes later to ask Antoinette to tell her husband to come to his house that evening.

 The fourth time Ledford came to the Johnston house he had a knife; one that belonged to the elderly man. Ledford told Antoinette Johnston he need money for drugs, and if he didn't get it he would kill her. Ledford tied up the woman and left the house with two handguns, a rifle and a shotgun that belonged to the family.

 Antoinette Johnston freed herself in time to see Ledford drive off in her husband's truck.

 Within the next 30 minutes, Ledford sold the rifle and shotgun at two different pawnshops, stopped to buy cigarettes and was stopped on Highway 441 and arrested.

 Ledford confessed.

 He told investigators Johnston was giving him a ride to the grocery store when the older man accused him of stealing and turned around the truck and headed back to his house.

 On the side of the Johnston garage, Ledford said, Johnston knocked him to the ground and then pulled a knife from a sheath in his belt. Ledford said he pulled his own knife and repeatedly stabbed Johnson.

 Ledford dragged the body a short distance away and covered it with tree limbs.

www.ajc.com
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Scheduled Executions / Re: Marcellus Williams - MO - ...
Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper - April 26, 2017, 08:19:05 PM
Man it's been a bad week for folks named Williams.  8)
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Scheduled Executions / Marcellus Williams - MO - 8/22...
Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper - April 26, 2017, 07:13:19 PM
Execution set for man convicted of killing former St. Louis newspaper reporter

By Tony Rizzo

The Missouri Supreme Court on Wednesday set an August execution date for a man convicted in the 1998 killing of a former St. Louis newspaper reporter.

Marcellus Williams was found guilty of first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of Lisha Gayle inside her suburban St. Louis home.

Williams broke into Gayle's home and attacked her when she stepped out of the shower, according to trial testimony. She was stabbed multiple times.

Gayle, 42, was a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch from 1981 to 1992 and left the paper to do volunteer social work.

Williams, now 48, was previously scheduled to be put to death in 2015, but the state Supreme Court stayed the execution.

On Wednesday, the court set a new execution date for Aug. 22.

It would be Missouri's second execution of 2017. Mark Christeson was put to death in January for killing a woman and her two children in 1998.

www.kansascitystar.com
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Scheduled Executions / Re: Kenneth Dewayne Williams -...
Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper - April 26, 2017, 03:19:39 PM
You are spot on Observer.  The governor is a devout Catholic personally against the DP...but he doesn't let that get in the way of justice.
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Scheduled Executions / Re: Kenneth Dewayne Williams -...
Last post by Observer - April 26, 2017, 03:03:45 PM
I have to admire The Governor. He may not like the death penalty (don't know that, but just sayin') but he recognizes the importance of justice to the victims families. The sentences imposed by the juries are to be carried out no matter what his personal feelings may be. The other governors that block justice based on their personal feelings are nullifying the justice system. Juries made the call, they've had their challenges and appeals, they need to discharge their duties to the families of the victims and society as a whole. To refuse to do so should be a crime in my opinion.
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Scheduled Executions / Kenneth Dewayne Williams - AR ...
Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper - April 25, 2017, 03:20:04 PM
An Arkansas Family Prepares to Witness the Execution of their Father's Murderer

by Phil McCausland

The Boren family has waited a long time for their patriarch's murderer to be put to death by the state of Arkansas.

Days before the scheduled execution, they prepared to witness the execution of Kenneth Williams.

Genie Boren's husband Cecil was murdered in the yard of his Varner home 18 years ago.

A jury sentenced Williams, who killed Cecil after escaping from prison and a separate life sentence for murder, to die soon after. But Genie Boren and her family have long waited for the state of Arkansas's ultimate justice.

Williams is scheduled to die Thursday at 7 p.m. CT.

"It's never been this close," said Cecil's daughter. "We've never gotten within two weeks ever before, but you just wonder: 'Is this the time it happens?'"

Williams is the last man to die in an aggressive schedule set by Gov. Asa Hutchinson. Arkansas initially planned to kill eight men within 10 days of each other. So far one man has been executed and courts stopped four inmates from meeting the state's executioner.

The Borens are focused on fulfilling the death sentence handed down by that jury 18 years ago.

Nevertheless, Cecil's family are just a few days short of driving to the Cummins Unit, where the Arkansas death house is held, to witness the execution of the man who took their patriarch away. But there's still a chance the execution could be stopped by a last minute court order.

www.nbcnews.com
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Scheduled Executions / Re: Marcel Wayne Williams - AR...
Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper - April 25, 2017, 01:55:06 PM
Last words and such...

Williams did not make a final statement

His last meal was fried chicken, banana pudding, nachos, potato logs with ketchup and two sodas

Factoids...


Williams was the 3rd condemned murderer executed in Arkansas this year and the 30th since executions resumed.
His was the 9th 2017 US execution and the 1451st since 1976.

The skinny...

Williams managed to squeeze an extra two hours of life when his ambulance chasers got him a short stay.  The stay was quickly lifted and he was lit up at 10:33 pm, playing his part in the first US double execution in 17 years.

Up next...


Kenneth Dewayne Williams is set to be executed in Arkansas on April 27th for the October 1999 slaying of 57-year-old Cecil Boren after Williams broke out of the Cummins Unit at Varner. He had been serving a sentence of life without parole in the slaying of University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff cheerleader Dominique "Nikki" Hurd.

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Scheduled Executions / Re: Jack Harold Jones - AR - 4...
Last post by Grinning Grim Reaper - April 25, 2017, 01:44:14 PM
Last words and such...


With his last words, Jones apologized to Phillips' daughter, Lacy, who was 11 when Jones badly beat her alongside her mother. Jones also made a handwritten final statement for his attorney to read.  "There are no words that would fully express my remorse for the pain that I caused," he concluded.

His last meal was three pieces of fried chicken, potato logs with tartar sauce, beef jerky bites, three Butterfinger candy bars, a chocolate milkshake with Butterfinger candy bits and fruit punch.

Factoids...

Jones was the 2nd condemned inmate executed in Arkansas this year and the 29th since executions resumed.
His was the 8th 2017 US execution and the 1450th since 1976.

The skinny...

Jones execution was  right on time at 7:20 pm and he became part of the first US double execution since 2000.
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Scheduled Executions / Re: Marcel Wayne Williams - AR...
Last post by phlebbb - April 25, 2017, 11:00:42 AM
Arkansas executes two inmates in one night, first state to do so since 2000
Published April 25, 2017  Fox News
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FILE - This combination of undated file photos provided by the Arkansas Department of Correction shows death-row inmates Jack Jones, left, and Marcel Williams. The two Arkansas inmates scheduled to be put to death Monday, April 24, 2017, in what could be the nation's first double execution in more than 16 years have asked an appeals court to halt their lethal injections because of poor health. (Arkansas Department of Correction via AP, File)
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Arkansas executed two condemned murderers Monday night, becoming the first state in 17 years to carry out two death sentences in one day.

Marcel Williams was pronounced dead at 10:33 p.m. Central Time, 17 minutes after the procedure began at the Cummins Unit in southeastern Arkansas. Jack Jones had been put to death more than three hours earlier.

Williams' execution had been delayed for two hours after a federal judge in Little Rock issued an emergency stay over concerns about how Jones' execution was carried out. Williams' attorneys claimed Jones gasped for air, an account the state's attorney general denied, but the judge lifted her stay about an hour later.

Initially, Gov. Asa Hutchinson 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. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976. The state said the executions needed to be carried out before its supply of one lethal injection drug expires on April 30.
The first three executions were canceled because of court decisions, then inmate Ledell Lee was executed last week.
Arkansas' last double execution occurred in 1999.
Jones was sent to death row for the 1995 rape and killing of Mary Phillips. He strangled her with the cord to a coffee pot.
He was also convicted of attempting to kill Phillips' 11-year-old daughter and was convicted in another rape and killing in Florida.
Jones said earlier this month that he was ready for execution. He used a wheelchair and he'd had a leg amputated in prison because of diabetes.
Williams' "morbid obesity makes it likely that either the IV line cannot be placed or that it will be placed in error, thus causing substantial damage (like a collapsed lung)," his attorneys wrote in an earlier court filing asking justices to block the execution.
Both men were served last meals on Monday afternoon, Arkansas Department of Correction spokesman Solomon Graves said. Jones had fried chicken, potato logs with tartar sauce, beef jerky bites, three candy bars, a chocolate milkshake and fruit punch. Williams had fried chicken, banana pudding, nachos, two sodas and potato logs with ketchup, Graves said.
In recent pleadings before state and federal courts, the inmates said the three drugs Arkansas uses to execute prisoners -- midazolam, vecuronium bromide and potassium chloride -- could be ineffective because of their poor health.
Jones, 52, lost a leg to diabetes and was on insulin. Williams, 46, weighs 400 pounds, is diabetic and has concerns that the execution team might not be able to find a suitable vein to support an intravenous line.
The poor health of both men, their lawyers claimed, could make it difficult for them to respond during a consciousness check following a megadose of midazolam. The state shouldn't risk giving them drugs to stop their lungs and hearts if they aren't unconscious, they have told courts.
The last state to put more than one inmate to death on the same day was Texas, which executed two killers in August 2000. Oklahoma planned a double execution in 2014 but scrapped plans for the second one after the execution of Clayton Lockett went awry.
Arkansas executed four men in an eight-day period in 1960. The only quicker pace included quadruple executions in 1926 and 1930.
Williams was sent to death row for the 1994 rape and killing of 22-year-old Stacy Errickson, whom he kidnapped from a gas station in central Arkansas.
Authorities said Williams abducted and raped two other women in the days before he was arrested in Errickson's death. Williams admitted responsibility to the state Parole Board last month.
"I wish I could take it back, but I can't," Williams told the board.

"After more than 20 years, justice has prevailed for the family of Stacey Errickson," Hutchinson said in a statement after Williams' death. "This is a serious and reflective time in our state and it is important for the Errickson family and all Arkansans to know that in this case our laws ended in justice."

In a letter earlier this month, Jones said he was ready to be killed by the state. The letter, which his attorney read aloud at his clemency hearing, went on to say: "I shall not ask to be forgiven, for I haven't the right."

After Jones was put to death, Hutchinson said in a statement that the "rule of law had been upheld."

"A governor never asks for this responsibility, but I accept it as part of the solemn pledge I made to uphold the law," he added. "We hope this will help bring closure to the Phillips family."

Including Jones and Williams, nine people have been executed in the United States this year, four in Texas, three in Arkansas and one each in Missouri and Virginia. Last year, 20 people were executed, down from 98 in 1999 and the lowest number since 14 in 1991, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.
Fox News' Casey Stegall and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

After 20 some years,justice has been carried out for the murder of Stacy Erickson. Both tried to use the "I'm too fat "excuse,but, that too failed. R.I.P.Miss Erickson.
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