Dustin McDaniel: Options 'Limited' for Future of Arkansas Death Penalty

by Jeannie Nuss, The Associated Press  on Thursday, Jul. 25, 2013 7:13 am  

Dustin McDaniel: "We can continue throwing money into a broken system and dedicating resources to litigation. We can modify the system. Or we can abolish the death penalty altogether."

Department of Correction spokeswoman Shea Wilson said the agency hadn't selected another drug to use as of Wednesday.

With all the questions about the drugs, some lawmakers on Wednesday asked whether another method of execution such as electrocution might be an option, even though McDaniel has said he would be surprised if a majority of the people in the state would support death by gas chamber, firing squad or electric chair.

"My biggest concern is that we have juries who are rendering verdicts that we are not fulfilling," said Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Jeremy Hutchinson, R-Benton. "And that strikes at the very core and the trustworthiness of our entire criminal justice system."

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