Arkansas Execution Plan Again Thrown Into Doubt

by Kelly P. Kissel and Jill Bleed, The Associated Press  on Thursday, Apr. 20, 2017 6:11 am  

The Arkansas Supreme Court's grant of a stay of execution for Stacey Johnson drew a rebuke from Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

Deere, the attorney general's spokesman, said the state was reviewing its options regarding Johnson's case.

In the drug case, a state prison official testified that he deliberately ordered the drug last year in a way that there wouldn't be a paper trail, relying on phone calls and text messages. Arkansas Department of Correction Deputy Director Rory Griffin said he didn't keep records of the texts, but McKesson salesman Tim Jenkins did. 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.

Pharmaceuticals companies and other suppliers have objected to their drugs being used in executions and have been trying to stop states from getting supplies for lethal injections.

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