Clemency hearing set for Arkansas death-row inmate

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The state Board of Parole has set a clemency hearing for a man scheduled to be executed in March for the killing of a Bald Knob woman.

The hearing for Jack Harold Jones Jr. is set for Feb. 9. It will start with a parole board hearing in the morning and a victims' input hearing in the afternoon.

Jones received a death sentence for the rape and slaying of Bald Knob bookkeeper Mary Phillips and an attack on her 11-year-old daughter.

The parole board in 2007 rejected Jones' request for clemency, but he won a stay blocking his execution as he challenged the state's lethal injection protocols. A federal appeals court lifted that stay in 2008.

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