Execution Date Set for Bald Knob Inmate, Community Says 'It's about Time'

BALD KNOB, Ark. - Execution dates have officially been set for eight Arkansas inmates.

A spokesperson for the governor confirmed Monday that the proclamation had been signed.

All eight are now scheduled for lethal injections in April.

One still haunts the Bald Knob community. 

"This is something that didn't die down," said a woman who wished to remain anonymous. 

In the small White County town of less than 3,000 people, it's hard to forget. 

"It's a horrendous thing to happen in a small town like this," the woman said. "Just things that you don't think would ever happen here."

Jack Harold Jones, Jr. was convicted and sentenced to death for raping and murdering a 34-year-old bookkeeper and beating her 11-year-old daughter in June 1995.

"Something that is just done in cold blood is not something that should be allowed to let go," the woman said. 

It's not.

An execution date, April 24, has been set for Jones. According to the Arkansas Attorney General's office, he's exhausted his appeals. 

"I think it's about time," the woman said. "It needs to be done."

Jones joins seven other death row inmates whose execution dates were set Monday. Like Jones, the others have been convicted of capital murder and have also exhausted their appeals.

All have been on death row since at least 2000. 

"I don't believe a person should be able to live their life, out getting free medical, food and housing the rest of their lives for a crime they've committed," the woman said. 

She argues their crimes continue to affect all who knew and loved their victims, even an entire community that has been waiting for closure for more than 20 years. 

"There's a peace of mind knowing that it is coming to an end and justice will finally be served," the woman said.

The Natural State currently does not have one of the three drugs needed for lethal injections, but the Arkansas Department of Correction said it will have the drug by April.

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