- Category: Broadcast News
- Published on Tuesday, 18 April 2017 14:19
The US Supreme Court spared the life of two Arkansas inmates minutes before their death warrants were due to expire on Monday, scuttling efforts to resume the death penalty after nearly 12 years in the state with a plan to carry out four double executions before its supply of the lethal injection drug midazolam expires on May 1st.
Al Jazeera reports that the court's decision to maintain the stay for Don Davis and Bruce Ward capped a chaotic day of legal wrangling in state and federal courts to clear the primary obstacles Arkansas faced to carrying out its first executions since 2005. Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, who had set the multiple executions, said the state would continue to push for the other lethal injections to be carried out with two inmates due to be put to death on Thursday.