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Arkansas carries out first execution since 2005 after Supreme Court denies stay requests

April 21, 2017 5:35 AM
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Arkansas carries out first execution since 2005 after Supreme Court denies stay requests

Arkansas late Thursday night carried out the state’s first execution in more than a decade after the U.S. Supreme Court, in a last-minute series of orders, rejected requests by a death-row inmate to stay his lethal injection.

As part of its aggressive scheduling, which the state said was needed before one of its lethal-injection drugs expired, Arkansas had planned to carry out back-to-back executions on Thursday night at a state prison southeast of Little Rock. But that was abandoned when a state court blocked one of tho...

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