Death penalty controversy

FILE – This undated file photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction shows Dennis McGuire, who was executed with the use of the sedative midazolam on Jan. 16, 2014. McGuire's execution lasted 26 minutes and remains the longest execution to date since Ohio resumed putting inmates to death in 1999. Questions about whether midazolam can prevent prisoners from suffering while they die have persisted since several states in 2014 began using the drug as part of their lethal injection protocols. (Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction via AP, File)
April 28, 2017 - 5:35 pm
The sedative midazolam is supposed to prevent condemned prisoners from suffering while they die, but opponents say several problematic executions involving the drug are evidence that it does not work consistently. They raised new concerns after an execution Thursday in Arkansas left the prisoner...
Read More
FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Arkansas Department of Correction shows death-row inmate Kenneth Williams. Arkansas wrapped up an aggressive execution schedule Thursday, April 27, 2017, putting to death its fourth inmate in eight days. Williams, 38, received a lethal injection Thursday night at the Cummins Unit prison at Varner for the death of a former deputy warden killed after Williams escaped from prison in 1999. (Arkansas Department of Correction via AP, File)
April 28, 2017 - 3:24 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas governor said Friday that he sees no reason for anything beyond a routine review of the state's execution procedures after a condemned inmate lurched and convulsed 20 times during a lethal injection. Attorneys for Kenneth Williams called for a full...
Read More
FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Arkansas Department of Correction shows death-row inmate Kenneth Williams. Arkansas wrapped up an aggressive execution schedule Thursday, April 27, 2017, putting to death its fourth inmate in eight days. Williams, 38, received a lethal injection Thursday night at the Cummins Unit prison at Varner for the death of a former deputy warden killed after Williams escaped from prison in 1999. (Arkansas Department of Correction via AP, File)
April 28, 2017 - 1:04 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas governor said Friday that he sees no reason for anything beyond a routine review of procedures after a condemned inmate lurched and convulsed 20 times during a lethal injection. Attorneys for Kenneth Williams and the American Civil Liberties Union have called...
Read More
FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Arkansas Department of Correction shows death-row inmate Kenneth Williams. Arkansas wrapped up an aggressive execution schedule Thursday, April 27, 2017, putting to death its fourth inmate in eight days. Williams, 38, received a lethal injection Thursday night at the Cummins Unit prison at Varner for the death of a former deputy warden killed after Williams escaped from prison in 1999. (Arkansas Department of Correction via AP, File)
April 28, 2017 - 1:40 am
VARNER, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas executed its fourth inmate in eight days Thursday night, wrapping up an accelerated schedule with a lethal injection that left the prisoner lurching and convulsing 20 times before he died. Kenneth Williams, 38, was pronounced dead at 11:05 p.m., 13 minutes after the...
Read More
FILE - This March 25, 2017, file photo, shows a sign for the Department of Correction's Cummins Unit prison in Varner, Ark. Death-row inmate Kenneth Williams is scheduled to die at the prison unit Thursday, April 27, 2017, for the killing of a former deputy prison warden following an escape. If Williams is put to death, it would be the fourth execution for Arkansas since April 20. (AP Photo/Kelly P. Kissel, File)
April 28, 2017 - 1:39 am
VARNER, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on Arkansas' effort to execute a fourth inmate before its supply of a lethal injection drug expires on Sunday (all times local): 12:25 a.m. A spokesman for Arkansas' governor says repeated movements by an inmate executed by the state Thursday night were an "...
Read More
FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Arkansas Department of Correction shows death-row inmate Kenneth Williams. Arkansas wrapped up an aggressive execution schedule Thursday, April 27, 2017, putting to death its fourth inmate in eight days. Williams, 38, received a lethal injection Thursday night at the Cummins Unit prison at Varner for the death of a former deputy warden killed after Williams escaped from prison in 1999. (Arkansas Department of Correction via AP, File)
April 28, 2017 - 12:59 am
VARNER, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas executed its fourth inmate in eight days Thursday night, wrapping up an accelerated schedule of lethal injections that was set to beat the expiration date of one of the drugs. Kenneth Williams, 38, was pronounced dead at 11:05 p.m., 13 minutes after the execution began...
Read More
FILE - This March 25, 2017, file photo, shows a sign for the Department of Correction's Cummins Unit prison in Varner, Ark. Death-row inmate Kenneth Williams is scheduled to die at the prison unit Thursday, April 27, 2017, for the killing of a former deputy prison warden following an escape. If Williams is put to death, it would be the fourth execution for Arkansas since April 20. (AP Photo/Kelly P. Kissel, File)
April 28, 2017 - 12:54 am
VARNER, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on Arkansas' effort to execute a fourth inmate before its supply of a lethal injection drug expires on Sunday (all times local): 11:50 p.m. An Arkansas inmate executed for the 1999 killing of a former deputy warden following an escape lurched 20 times on the gurney...
Read More
FILE - This March 25, 2017, file photo, shows a sign for the Department of Correction's Cummins Unit prison in Varner, Ark. Death-row inmate Kenneth Williams is scheduled to die at the prison unit Thursday, April 27, 2017, for the killing of a former deputy prison warden following an escape. If Williams is put to death, it would be the fourth execution for Arkansas since April 20. (AP Photo/Kelly P. Kissel, File)
April 28, 2017 - 12:08 am
VARNER, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on Arkansas' effort to execute a fourth inmate before its supply of a lethal injection drug expires on Sunday (all times local): 11 p.m. Arkansas has wrapped up an aggressive execution schedule, putting to death its fourth inmate in eight days. Thirty-eight-year-old...
Read More
FILE - This March 25, 2017, file photo, shows a sign for the Department of Correction's Cummins Unit prison in Varner, Ark. Death-row inmate Kenneth Williams is scheduled to die at the prison unit Thursday, April 27, 2017, for the killing of a former deputy prison warden following an escape. If Williams is put to death, it would be the fourth execution for Arkansas since April 20. (AP Photo/Kelly P. Kissel, File)
April 27, 2017 - 9:05 pm
VARNER, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on Arkansas' effort to execute a fourth inmate before its supply of a lethal injection drug expires on Sunday (all times local): 8 p.m. Arkansas' attorney general is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to allow the execution of inmate Kenneth Williams to go forward. In...
Read More
FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Arkansas Department of Correction shows death-row inmate Kenneth Williams. Williams' scheduled execution on April 27, 2017 won't move forward, according to a spokesman for Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. Rutledge said the state will not appeal a federal judge's order staying the execution. (Arkansas Department of Correction via AP)
April 27, 2017 - 8:28 pm
VARNER, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas prepared to execute its fourth inmate in eight days Thursday night, wrapping up an accelerated schedule of lethal injections that was set to beat the expiration date of one of the drugs. Kenneth Williams, 38, was scheduled to die at 7 p.m. Thursday, but the state was...
Read More

Pages