The state of Arkansas has executed Marcel Williams for the 1994 rape, beating and murder of Stacy Errickson. He was the second death row inmate to be put to death on Monday night as part of first double execution in the U.S. since 2000.
Williams was pronounced dead at 10:33 p.m., more than three hours after Jack Jones, who was killed by the state earlier in the evening.
Update: Lawyers for Marcel Williams filed a successful challenge Monday night for a stay of his execution after inmate Jack Jones reportedly suffered a “torturous and inhumane” execution earlier in the evening.
U.S. District Judge Kathy Baker halted Williams’ execution until 8:30 p.m. CT or until she issues another order, whichever is later.
Former New England Patriots player and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez was remembered by his family, friends and former teammates at a private funeral service in his hometown of Bristol, Conn., on Monday afternoon.
As his loved ones prepared to mourn him, the three suicide notes Hernandez left behind in his jail cell were turned over to his family.
Jack Jones, 52, and Marcel Williams, 46, are scheduled to be put to death at 7 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. CT respectively. Their executions come as controversy continues to swirl around the state’s expedited plan to kill death row inmates before their supply of a questionable lethal injection drug expires at the end of the month.
Lawyers for both men attempted to challenge the state’s lethal... View details ⇨