Arkansas AG disputes execution claims

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on Arkansas’ attempt to carry out the nation’s first double execution since 2000 (all times local):

8:40 p.m.

Arkansas’ attorney general is disputing claims that inmate Jack Jones may have suffered during his execution Monday night.

A federal judge issued a temporary stay for another inmate, Marcel Williams. Williams’ attorneys said in court papers that Jones moved his lips and was “gulping for air” after the first drug was administered.

In a court filing, the attorney general’s office said that account was “inaccurate” and “utterly baseless.”

Williams’ execution is on hold until U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker issues another order in the case. His death warrant expires at midnight.

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8:25 p.m.

A federal judge in Little Rock has temporarily halted the execution of Arkansas inmate Marcel Williams after his attorneys questioned whether the night’s earlier execution went properly.

U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker halted Williams’ execution until 8:30 p.m. Monday or until she issues another order, whichever is later. He had been set for execution at 8:15 p.m. Monday.

Williams’ attorneys said that it took 45 minutes for prison staff to place an IV into inmate Jack Jones, who was executed earlier Monday. The attorneys say that Williams, who is obese, could face a “torturous death.”

The attorneys’ last-minute filing said Jones showed “continued consciousness” after the midazolam was administered.

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7:50 p.m.

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an execution stay for inmate Marcel Williams, which will allow Arkansas to put to death two inmates in a single night.

Justices rejected Williams’ request for a stay Monday night. Williams is scheduled for execution at about 8:15 p.m.

Williams had argued that his obesity could make it difficult for officials to place an IV, and also that his previous lawyers were ineffectual at trial and during earlier appeals.

Arkansas earlier executed inmate Jack Jones Monday night. The two executions would be the first time since 2000 that a state has conducted a double execution.

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7:45 p.m.

An Arkansas inmate put to death in the first of a planned double-execution apologized to the family of the woman he raped and killed in 1995.

Jack Jones delivered about a two-minute final statement, ending with, “I’m sorry.”

He told Phillips’ daughter, Lacy, who was injured during the attack, that he hoped that “over time you can learn who I really am and I am not a monster.”

There were no apparent signs of complications during the execution. Jones was pronounced dead at 7:20 p.m., about 14 minutes after the procedure began. His chest stopped moving two minutes after a consciousness check.

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7:30 p.m.

The Arkansas Supreme Court has again rejected a request to block the execution for inmate Marcel Williams, who is set to die Monday night.

The court denied the request from Williams, whose execution is set for 8:15 p.m. Monday. Williams still has appeals pending with the U.S. Supreme Court.

Earlier Monday, Arkansas…

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