Arkansas AG Hopeful Calls For Return Of Electric Chair

Mar 31, 2014

The four candidates running for Arkansas attorney general agree they want to resume executions that have been halted for nearly a decade by court challenges and shortages of the drugs used for lethal injections. One of them says the state should resort to a method that hasn't been used in 24 years: the electric chair.

David Sterling, one of three Republicans running for attorney general, says he thinks the state should look to electrocution to carry out the death penalty while the state's lethal injection law remains in limbo. Sterling is running against Leslie Rutledge and Patricia Nation for the GOP nomination. State Rep. Nate Steel is the only Democrat running for the post.

Arkansas hasn't used electrocution to carry out the death penalty since 1990.