Arkansas carried the nation’s first double execution since 2000 as two convicted murderers were given lethal injections.
Jack Jones was executed shortly after 7 p.m. on Monday while the second convicted murderer, Marcel Williams was put to his court-ordered death at about 10.30 p.m. the same evening.
The double execution marked a busy month for the Arkansas prison system but still will fall short of the eight executions over an 11-day period that Gov. Asa Hutchinson had hoped to carry out in April. Various legal delays have curtailed the governor’s ambitious April execution schedule, but Arkansas put one other convicted killer to death last week and has another one scheduled within the week.
Jones was convicted in 1995 of the rape and murder of Mary Phillps. He also attempted to kill Phillips 11-year old daughter and was convicted of another rape and killing in Florida. Jones said earlier this month that he was ready to die. According to ABC News Jones told the state clemency board “I shall not ask to be forgiven, for I haven’t the right.”
I wish I could take it back, but I can’t.
— Convicted Murderer Marcel Williams
Williams was sent to death row for the 1994 rape and killing of 22-year-old Stacy Errickson. He also raped two other women in the days preceding the of Ms. Errickson.