Lawyers for Arkansas inmates condemned to die Thursday in a planned double execution insist they are innocent. One of them says advanced DNA techniques could show he didn’t kill a woman in 1993.
Their strategy to win stays of execution is in marked contrast to the first two inmates who faced the death chamber in Arkansas. Those inmates were spared Monday by arguing they should not be put to death because of mental health issues.
Despite the setback to plans to resume capital punishment after a 12-year hiatus, Arkansas officials are vowing to press ahead with the Thursday executions.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson originally set out an aggressive schedule of eight lethal injections in 11days. The state set the compressed schedule because its supply of one of the lethal injection drugs expires at the end of April.