After a decade long hiatus, the state of Arkansas plans to resume executions in October and recently set dates for eight inmates to die.
Governor Asa Hutchinson (former director of the DEA) announced execution dates after Attorney General Leslie Rutledge requested it be done as quickly as possible. She said the inmates ran out of appeals and assured the governor the state has the drugs to carry out the executions.
The 10-year delay was largely due to drug shortages and court challenges to execution procedures.
In August, the state of Arkansas approved a new lethal injection protocol. It’s a three-drug cocktail that includes midazolam, the drug blamed for botched executions in Arizona, Ohio and Oklahoma. Despite concerns about whether the drug is constitutional, the Supreme Court narrowly rejected a challenge and approved its continued use in June.
It is unknown how the Arkansas Department of Corrections got the drugs or what company they were purchased from. A state secrecy law allows the state to shield the name of the supplier. Attorney Jeff Rosenzweig, who represents nine death row inmates, has filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of that secrecy law.
The planned resumption of executions in Arkansas comes at a time when states across the nation have stopped executions and public support continues to drop.
There are currently 34 inmates on death row in Arkansas.
Here are the names and execution dates for the eight inmates scheduled to die.
Bruce Earl Ward
Don William Davis
Terrick Terrell Nooner
Stacey Eugene Johnson
Marcel Wayne Williams
Jack Harold Jones