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Arkansas governor: Unlikely to spare condemned inmate

Nov 3, 2017

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas' governor says he's unlikely to halt the execution next week of a convicted killer whose attorneys have argued is mentally incompetent to be put to death.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Friday he's seen nothing in the case file so far that would prompt him to grant clemency to death row inmate Jack Greene, who's scheduled to be put to death on Thursday.

The Arkansas Parole Board unanimously recommended against granting clemency to Greene last month. Greene was convicted in the 1991 death of Sidney Burnett, who was beaten with a can of hominy, stabbed and later shot.

Hutchinson said he'd evaluate any additional information that comes to him, but believes Greene is competent to be executed based on Supreme Court standards. Greene's attorneys have argued the inmate suffers from psychotic delusions.