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U.S. judge orders Arkansas execution evidence preserved

A federal judge on Friday evening ordered Arkansas to examine Kenneth Williams' execution more closely, hours after Gov. Asa Hutchinson rejected calls for an independent investigation into the lethal injection.

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4th execution caps state's series

GRADY -- Arkansas executed Kenneth Williams on Thursday, ending an eight-day stretch in which the state administered lethal drugs to four convicted murderers in its fastest pace of executions in nearly 57 years.

ARKANSAS EXECUTIONS: Williams' death-row good deeds vied with vile ones

GRADY -- Before Arkansas executed Kenneth Williams, who confessed to killing four people, he became a minister on death row who sought to impart lessons to children at risk of leading criminal lives.

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Arkansas execution rules block out parts; getting full picture difficult, lawyers, other witnesses say

A full account of what happened during two Arkansas executions Monday -- journalists reported the deaths were not abnormal, while attorneys outlined disturbing concerns -- has been difficult to establish given restrictions on what witnesses can see and hear.

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2 killers executed hours apart

GRADY -- In the nation's first double execution since 2000, Arkansas delivered heart-stopping doses of lethal drugs Monday night to death-row inmates Jack Jones Jr., 52, and Marcel Williams, 46.

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Arkansas carries out 1 execution; at 11:56 p.m., drugs end Lee’s life

Arkansas killed a prisoner Thursday night for the first time in more than 11 years after the state high court spared another death-row inmate's life.

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For Ledell Lee, fighting verdict to the end futile

Prosecutor: As serial rapist, killer, he deserved his death

More than two decades after he was found guilty in the slaying of a Jacksonville woman, Ledell Lee died by lethal injection Thursday night amid his protestations of innocence and last-ditch efforts for court-ordered DNA tests.

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Hold put on 2 executions set for today

Appeals, high court rulings on tap as clock ticks away

Two late-evening rulings Wednesday again halted Arkansas' march toward executions, although the state attorney general's office plans to take action to reverse the most sweeping of the judicial orders.

Drug firm again seeks court stay ahead of scheduled Arkansas executions

The drug distributor that won a temporary restraining order Friday in Arkansas' planned executions then voluntarily withdrew its lawsuit over the weekend has again urged a Pulaski County judge to stop the state from using its medicine to kill prisoners.

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Day ends without an execution in Arkansas

GRADY -- Waiting in a windowless cell, steps from Arkansas' death chamber, convicted murderer Don Davis escaped lethal injection Monday night at the Cummins prison unit near Pine Bluff.

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