Arkansas puts first killer to death in planned double execution

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April 25, 2017 04:13
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Abrahams An Arkansas murderer was put to death on Monday and the state's top court and the U.S. Supreme Court denied last-minute appeals from a second killer, clearing the way for Arkansas to become the first US state since 2000 to carry out multiple executions on the same day.

Marcel Williams, 46, was scheduled to die at 8:15 p.m. CDT (0115 GMT on Tuesday) for the 1997 kidnapping, rape and murder of 22-year-old Stacy Errickson.

The first inmate, Jack Jones, 52, was pronounced dead at 7:20 CDT (0020 GMT on Tuesday) at the Cummins Unit prison, about 75 miles (120 km) southeast of the state capital, Little Rock.

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