Judge Declines to Block Executions of 2 Arkansas Inmates

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A federal district judge in Arkansas declined two inmates’ plea on Friday night to block the use of a controversial lethal injection drug, which is set to expire at the end of the month.

Jack Jones and Marcel Williams are scheduled to be put to death on Monday night and they asked the courts to stop the Arkansas Department of Correction from using midazolam because they believe it would cause them unnecessary harm due to their obesity and other health reasons.

District Court Judge Kristine Baker wrote that the two inmates’ argument “falls short of demonstrating a significant possibility … that the Arkansas protocol is ‘sure or very likely’ to cause severe pain and needless suffering.”

Arkansas death-row inmates Jack Harold Jones Jr., left, and Marcel Williams are scheduled for execution on April 24, 2017.