LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - It's done; The state of Arkansas has executed four death row inmates in the span of eight days.
From April 20 - April 27, inmates Ledell Lee, Jack Jones, Marcel Williams and Kenneth Williams, all paid the price of their crimes by being put to death by lethal injection. Eight death row inmates were originally scheduled to die in Arkansas over that span, but half were spared.
During that eight-day span, Arkansas also made history by performing the first double-execution the United States has seen in 17 years. Jack Jones and Ledell Lee were both killed Monday, April 24, just hours apart.
Every inmate's pleas for Stays of Execution and reconsideration worked their way up to the U.S. Supreme Court. But, ultimately, what the justice system promised from the very beginning of each of their death row sentences held true.
The state will presumably halt any future death row executions due to a lack of means. The drugs used in the most recent executions expire this month and, as seen from the legal battles the drug companies put up in this round of executions, a fresh supply will be hard to come by. Unless new drugs can be obtained by the state of Arkansas, or an alternative form of capital punishment is put in place, the remaining Arkansas death row inmates will live.
Here's a recap...
Lee died by lethal injection Thursday, April 20, at 11:56 p.m., just 4 minutes before his death warrant was to expire at midnight.
Lee had been on death row since 1995. On his final night, in lieu of a traditional last meal, Lee requested communion.
Prosecutors referred to him as a "psychosexual serial rapist."
After spending 22 years on death row, Lee maintained his innocence until the end.
Jones died by lethal injection Monday, April 24, at 7:20 p.m., the only inmate whose execution went on schedule.
Jones was sentenced to death after committing violent crimes against a woman and her daughter more than 20 years ago.
In a letter to his victims, Jones said, "Your wish is and always has been that I die and I could never ever deny you this."
Williams died by lethal injection Monday, April 24, at 10:33 p.m.
Williams was sentenced to death after he committed crimes against three women, killing one.
He cried during his most recent clemency hearing, apologizing for what he did to his victims.
Williams died by lethal injection Thursday, April 27, at 11:05 p.m.
Williams was sentenced to death in 2000. He was responsible for killing a total of four people.
Williams spent 17 years on death row. On his final night, Williams requested communion as well.
Some of his victim's families said they forgave him for what he did.
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