Prisons

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 - 2:27 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...
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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...
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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 "...
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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...
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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...
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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 28, 2017 - 12:10 am
VARNER, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas wrapped up an aggressive execution schedule Thursday, putting to death its fourth inmate in eight days. Kenneth 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...
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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...
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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...
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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 - 6:59 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): 5:45 p.m. A prison spokesman says an Arkansas inmate scheduled to be the fourth executed in a week opted to receive communion instead of a...
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Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen, center, speaks at a news conference Wednesday, April 26, 2017, with his attorneys about a letter he's sent to two panels seeking an investigation into Arkansas' attorney general and Supreme Court over his removal from hearing death penalty cases. Griffen was removed from the cases after he participated in an anti-death penalty demonstration the same day he blocked Arkansas from using a lethal injection drug. (AP Photo/Andrew DeMillo)
April 27, 2017 - 1:15 am
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas will reach the end of an aggressive execution schedule Thursday as it prepares for a fourth lethal injection in a week after initially planning twice as many over an 11-day period. Kenneth Williams, 38, is set to die for killing a former deputy warden following an...
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