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Fri May 3, 2013
Arkansas AG Seeks Executions For 7 Felons
Arkansas' attorney general is asking the state's governor to set execution dates for seven death row inmates.
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel sent seven letters to Gov. Mike Beebe late Thursday requesting that execution dates be set for Don Davis, Stacey Johnson, Jack Jones, Jason McGehee, Bruce Ward, Kenneth Williams and Marcel Williams.
The Associated Press obtained copies of the letters on Friday.
McDaniel noted in the letters that six of the seven inmates - all but Davis - are challenging the state's new lethal injection law. Arkansas is changing the drugs it uses to put inmates to death.
Despite the challenge, McDaniel said there aren't any court orders in place preventing the executions.
Arkansas currently doesn't have any pending executions. The state last executed an inmate in 2005.