Arkansas Executes Two Convicted Murderers In One Night, First State To Do So Since 2000

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the 'rule of law had been upheld'

CONVICTED MURDERERS Jack Jones, left, and Marcel Williams were put to death Monday in Arkansas. (Arkansas Department of Correction images)

(FOX NEWS) – Arkansas executed two condemned murderers Monday night, becoming the first state in 17 years to carry out two death sentences in one day. 

Marcel Williams was pronounced dead at 10:33 p.m. Central Time, 17 minutes after the procedure began at the Cummins Unit in southeastern Arkansas. Jack Jones had been put to death more than three hours earlier.

Williams’ execution had been delayed for two hours after a federal judge in Little Rock issued an emergency stay over concerns about how Jones’ execution was carried out.

Williams’ attorneys claimed Jones gasped for air, an account the state’s attorney general denied, but the judge lifted her stay about an hour later.

Initially, Gov. Asa Hutchinson scheduled four double executions over an 11-day period in April.

The eight executions would have been the most by a state in such a compressed period since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976. The state said the executions needed to be carried out before its supply of one lethal injection drug expires on April 30.

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