Multiple Double Executions Set In Arkansas While Other States Ban Back-To-Back Killings

Apr 4, 2017

Death row inmates Don William Davis, left, and Bruce Earl Ward. Both men are scheduled for execution April 17, 2017.

Arkansas is set to conduct four double executions over ten days this month. That's already an unprecedented rate and in some states, like Oklahoma, double executions aren't even allowed.

In part two of our conversation with Sean Murphy, who covers executions for the Associated Press out of Oklahoma, Karen Tricot Steward talks to him about witnessing the highly-publicized botched execution of Clayton Lockett. That execution used the same controversial sedative Arkansas will use and put an end to back-to-back killings in that state. 

After Oklahoma halted double executions, even more problems arose including giving an inmate the wrong drug. The state has now stopped executions altogether until a new protocol is approved by the attorney general.