LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The state of Arkansas executed death row inmate Jack Jones Monday night, the state's second inmate to be put to death in the past week.
Jones died by lethal injection at 7:20 p.m., April 24. His execution followed Ledell Lee, who was put to death Thursday, April 20.
Jones had been on death row for more than 20 years. He did not request a clemency hearing, saying in a letter, "Your wish is and always has been that I die and I could never ever deny you this."
For his final meal, Jones requested fried chicken, potato logs with tartar sauce, three Butterfingers, a chocolate Butterfinger milkshake and fruit punch. He also spent time with his sister, Lynn.
Jones was sentenced to death after committing violent crimes against a woman and her daughter in Bald Knob.
On June 6, 1995, Jones beat, raped and murdered Mary Phillips. He then beat her 11-year-old daughter, Lacey Phillips, and left her for dead. Lacey barely survived the attack, and she has been fighting for justice ever since. She was granted that tonight.
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge released a statement following Jones' execution:
“This evening, Lacey Phillips Manor and Darla Phillips Jones have seen justice for the brutal rape and murder of their mother, Mary Phillips. Mary was performing her job as a bookkeeper in Bald Knob on June 6, 1995, when she was strangled to death with a coffee pot cord while her 11-year-old daughter Lacey clung to life a few feet away after being choked and beaten. The Phillips family has waited far too long to see justice carried out, and I pray they find peace tonight.”
Governor Asa Hutchinson issued the following response to Jones' execution:
"This evening the rule of law was upheld when the sentence of the jury for Jack Jones was carried out after 20 years of review. The victim’s family has waited patiently for justice during that time. The jury sentenced Jack Jones to death, and his sentence was upheld by judges and reviewed thoroughly in courts of appeal at each level. A governor never asks for this responsibility, but I accept it as part of the solemn pledge I made to uphold the law. Jack Jones expressed his willingness to proceed today, and we hope this will help bring closure to the Phillips family."
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