GRADY -- In the nation's first double execution since 2000, Arkansas delivered heart-stopping doses of lethal drugs Monday night to death-row inmates Jack Jones Jr., 52, and Marcel Williams, 46.
Fellow death-penalty states watching Arkansas' try for an unprecedented number of lethal injections can take a tip from the results so far, legal scholars said.
Past shows power of reprieve used rarely since Rockefeller
Gov. Asa Hutchinson joined a long list of predecessors as he oversaw Arkansas' first execution in more than 11 years.
The departing silence of convicted killer Ledell Lee came as no surprise to the woman who sought the death sentence against him more than two decades ago.
Arkansas killed a prisoner Thursday night for the first time in more than 11 years after the state high court spared another death-row inmate's life.
Appeals, high court rulings on tap as clock ticks away
Two late-evening rulings Wednesday again halted Arkansas' march toward executions, although the state attorney general's office plans to take action to reverse the most sweeping of the judicial orders.
Courts reject Johnson, Lee requests for DNA testing
Arkansas plans to put to death two men Thursday who have claimed their innocence, presenting another set of legal challenges to state attorneys who failed Monday to clear the way for an earlier round of executions.
The drug distributor that won a temporary restraining order Friday in Arkansas' planned executions then voluntarily withdrew its lawsuit over the weekend has again urged a Pulaski County judge to stop the state from using its medicine to kill prisoners.
Arkansas' plans to carry out six executions over two weeks -- already stopped by a state judge -- were doubly halted Saturday by a federal judge who raised constitutional concerns.
He ties execution schedule to events beyond his control
Gov. Asa Hutchinson told reporters Thursday at the Governor's Mansion that his role in setting up a schedule of seven executions was "the heaviest and most serious responsibility" of his office, but one that arrived at his desk because of a history of circumstances beyond his control.