Ark. Supreme Court Grants Stays Of Execution For Two Death Row Inmates

LITTLE ROCK (KFSM) — The Arkansas Supreme Court has granted stays of execution for two death row inmates who were scheduled to be put to death on Monday (April 17).

The supreme court granted stays of execution for Don Davis and Bruce Ward, meaning no executions will take place on Monday. The stays of execution were granted over questions concerning Davis’ and Ward’s access to independent mental health experts.

The Arkansas Supreme Court also granted a stay of execution for Ward on Friday (April 14).

Additionally, there is a temporary restraining order from a state judge that is blocking the executions.

Arkansas attorney general Leslie Rutledge has is working to overturn the stays of execution.

Davis and Ward were the first of seven prisoners who are scheduled for execution between April 17-27. Arkansas’ supply of one of the drugs in its three-drug execution cocktail will expire on April 30.