Gov. Asa Hutchinson has spared the life of one death row inmate on the same day that he set an execution date for another.
Following a routine 30-day comment period, the governor announced Friday that he’ll grant clemency to Jason McGehee. McGehee was one of eight Arkansas inmates scheduled for execution in April, and the first to have his lethal injection stayed by a court.
Anti-death penalty activists argued that McGehee’s age (21) at the time of the crime ought to be considered, as well as the fact that two alleged accomplices in the beating death of John Melbourne, Jr., 15, in 1996 were given life sentences and not the death penalty.