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21 April 2017, 02:52 | Myron Mathis
The companies have said they believe they manufactured the other two drugs Arkansas has for the executions, which are set for Thursday night.
It was unclear whether Rutledge would appeal the stay of execution for Johnson to the U.S. Supreme Court after the state lost an appeal to the high court on a case involving another inmate Monday night.
An inmate set to die Thursday night is asking the Arkansas Supreme Court to block his execution so he can pursue more DNA tests in hopes of proving his innocence. That issue is headed back to the court, with the state planning to appeal an identical restraining order from another judge regarding the state's supply of the drug.
Arkansas's uniquely inhumane and disgusting plan to execute 8 men in 10 days in order to beat the expiration dates on the drugs they plan to use has hit two setbacks. Hutchinson said that it was not his preference, but that it is necessary because one of the state's lethal-injection drugs will expire at the end of the month.
The Arkansas Supreme Court has denied another stay request from a condemned killer facing execution Thursday night. But the Arkansas supreme court vacated Griffen's ruling days after he participated in an anti-death penalty rally and reassigned some of his cases.
Arkansas had scheduled eight executions over an 11-day period before the end of April, when its supply of a different lethal injection drug expires.
The spokesman said both Stacey Johnson and Ledell Lee are being held in separate cells adjacent to the execution chamber, which is located a short drive down the road from the prison that houses the state's death-row inmates.
The state originally set four double executions over an 11-day period in April.
Tim Jenkins of McKesson says Griffin never told him the drug would be used for executions.
A judge in Arkansas has blocked the state from using its supply of a drug used in lethal injections, due to the drug supplier objecting that the state misleadingly obtained its product.
Arkansas officials say such an order effectively blocks all the scheduled executions because they have been unable to get more of that drug, which is used as a paralytic as part of the state's three-drug lethal-injection procedure.
A spokesman for Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge said the state is reviewing its options regarding Johnson's case.
According to McKesson, the Arkansas Department of Corrections deceived the company to purchase the drug, promised to return it and was given a refund - only to reverse course, refuse to hand over the drug and keep the refund.
McKesson has previously sought and won such an order blocking the state from using the vecuronium bromide. Outside groups and the candidates spent more than $1.6 million previous year on a pair of high court races that were among the most fiercely fought judicial campaigns in the state's history. I know that this is disappointing and hard for Carol Heath's family and her two children who were home at the time of the murder.
Governor Asa Hutchinson said he was "both surprised and disappointed" by the latest legal delays.
She argued that a fellow death row inmate Ledell Lee - also scheduled to die Thursday - deserved the same right to a hearing.
In a 4-3 ruling, the court found that Stacey Johnson should be allowed to prove his innocence based on more DNA testing. "Lee and identify the real perpetrator of the crime".
The execution of eight death row inmates would be the most by any USA state in such a short period since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976.
Three justices dissented from the decision to stay Johnson's execution.
"I just feel like, once again, these families have been re-victimized", said Petty, now a state representative, who said she was stunned by the latest ruling.
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