Gov. Asa Hutchinson is to talk with reporters Thursday morning about the pending executions of seven death row inmates. The governor scheduled the lethal injections over a 10-day period before the state's supply of one of the drugs used in the process expires.
That will occur on the same day that a federal court hearing is expected to wrap up with the inmates challenging the state’s execution plan. U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker is considering whether the expedited schedule unconstitutionally impacts the inmates' access to effective legal counsel and increases the risk of error by the Department of Correction. The case has also involved testimony about botched executions in other states where the sedative midazolam was used in the lethal injection process.
Meanwhile the first two inmates scheduled to die are asking for a stay from the Arkansas Supreme Court. The request was filed Wednesday on behalf of Don Davis and Bruce Ward whose executions are set for Monday night.