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story.lead_photo.caption Executions have been set for (top row, from left) Kenneth Williams, Jack Jones Jr., Marcel Williams, Bruce Earl Ward, and (bottom row, from left) Don Davis, Stacey Johnson, Jason McGehee and Ledell Lee.

Arkansas has acquired a new batch of the lethal execution drug needed to carry out eight executions scheduled for next month, a prisons spokesman said Monday.

The state's supply of potassium chloride, the third and final drug in Arkansas' execution protocol, had expired in January. Without a new supply of the drug on hand, Gov. Asa Hutchinson went ahead with scheduling eight executions last month. They are set to be carried out between April 17 and 27.

It is not immediately clear how much of the drug the state had obtained, but Department of Correction spokesman Solomon Graves told reporters Monday it was enough to execute all eight inmates.

Graves declined to release the source of the drug, citing secrecy provisions in the 2015 law establishing the three-drug protocol.

Potassium chloride is used in executions to to stop the heart.

The state hasn't executed an inmate since 2005. Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court said it wouldn't review Arkansas' lethal injection law, which paved the way for the executions to resume.

Read Tuesday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.


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  • Popsmith
    March 13, 2017 at 12:40 p.m.

    Why waste the drugs? Infuse the dude with a half gallon of whiskey. Let him enjoy his last moments.

  • Kharma
    March 13, 2017 at 1:09 p.m.

    All right all right all right.

  • mrcharles
    March 13, 2017 at 1:58 p.m.

    What no muslim hordes.

    I hate to be cold but could we just harvest their organs first. Think they owe that much to society.

    March 13, 2017 at 2:35 p.m.

    Life without Parole would be much cheaper, Why do we have to continue to throw more money away??? Two Killings do not make One Killing Right. Too many Blood Thirsty Citizens in Arkansas and Texas.

  • cam
    March 13, 2017 at 3:05 p.m.

    Life without parole would be cheaper? How much do these drugs cost?

  • user92115
    March 13, 2017 at 3:11 p.m.

    Life without parole would be much cheaper??? Where are you getting your information? Feed them 3 meals a day plus other expenses for the rest of their life? And at least they are gonna understand why they are dying. That's much more than their victims ever knew and much more merciful than what their victims suffered. Give me a break!

  • PopMom
    March 13, 2017 at 3:50 p.m.


    If somebody kills one of my loved ones, I want them dead. I also fear that people kill victims to get away with a crime. If you rape somebody and there is no death penalty, there is a greater incentive to kill the victim to get rid of somebody who can testify.

  • Jfish
    March 13, 2017 at 4:28 p.m.

    BT is right with our current justice system, the appeals process can be much more expensive. However, violent animals have no place in our society, not even behind bars, and should be removed, if not for anything else, for the victims' families.

  • Kharma
    March 13, 2017 at 5:14 p.m.

    I agree with chuckpuke('s sarcasm) in that we should harvest their organs, skin and all, then grind up what's left for pet food. Capitol idea!

    In the alternative, maybe some to the left would volunteer to open their homes as halfway houses?

  • NoCrossNoCrown
    March 13, 2017 at 5:15 p.m.

    Vengeance, under the disguise of justice, is mine....
    Says a passage from the Cherry Pick Bible..