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John Moritz

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Witness to killer's end: Remorse wasn't in him

updated: 04/22/2017 2:58 a.m. Comments 4

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 carries out 1 execution; at 11:56 p.m., drugs end Lee’s life

posted: 04/21/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 29

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.

Hold put on 2 executions set for today

posted: 04/20/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 7

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.

Death 2 days away, Arkansas inmates deny slayings

posted: 04/19/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 9

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.

Drug firm again seeks court stay ahead of scheduled Arkansas executions

posted: 04/19/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

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.

2nd judge stays executions; filings fly

updated: 04/16/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 17

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.

Arkansas governor: 7-death role 'most serious responsibility'

posted: 04/14/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 3

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.

3 Arkansas reporters to witness deaths

posted: 04/13/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Three Arkansas journalists will be allowed to witness each execution at the Cummins Unit this month, and prison system officials are preparing for a media contingent from around the globe.

Experts testify on Arkansas' plan to use lethal injection on 7 inmates this month

posted: 04/11/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 3

Out-of-state experts in the fields of medicine, prisons and law testified Monday on Arkansas' plan to use lethal injection on seven inmates this month, as attorneys for the condemned began another push in federal court to stave off the executions.

For killer, death only answer; inmate says he would decline clemency

posted: 04/08/2017 3:43 a.m. Comment 1

Death row inmate Jack Jones Jr. declined to face the people judging Friday whether he deserves to live, though in a letter he expressed the same sentiments as the day more than 20 years ago when he faced a judge and a murder charge.

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