Arkansas Executions: Judge Blocks 1, Won’t Stop 7 Others Set for 10-Day Span

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A federal judge on Thursday blocked the execution of one of eight inmates that Arkansas scheduled for death in a 10-day period — as the state said it plans to proceed with the rest despite criticism that it’s setting the stage for errors.

“The victims’ families have waited far too long to see justice for their loved ones, and today’s decision from Judge Marshall allows all but one of the scheduled executions to move forward,” a spokesman for Attorney General Leslie Rutledge said in a statement.

The prisoners and their lawyers have argued that the “frantic” stopped the state Parole Board from complying with its own rules and regulations for handling clemency applications.

Top row, from left, Bruce Ward, Marcel Williams, Jason McGehee and Kenneth Williams. Bottom row, Stacey Johnson, Ledell Lee, Don Davis and Jack Jones.