The Arkansas Supreme Court has denied requests to stay the executions of two death row inmates scheduled to die this month. The court denied requests from inmates Stacey Johnson and Ledell Lee. The court’s orders relate to the inmates’ post-conviction appeals process.
The 47-year old Johnson and the 51-year old Lee are both scheduled to die by lethal injection on April 20. Johnson was convicted of capital murder for the 1993 killing of Carol Heath in DeQueen. Lee was convicted of killing of 26-year old Debra Reese in Sunnyside, Arkansas, also in 1993.
The Arkansas Parole Board has recommended that Gov. Asa Hutchinson deny clemency for Johnson and Lee, who have both maintained they are innocent.