Board rejects convicted killer's clemency request

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Parole Board has unanimously rejected the clemency request of a death row inmate convicted of killing a De Queen woman in 1993.

The decision released Wednesday and dated Monday shows all six members of the Parole Board agreeing that 40-year-old Stacey Eugene Johnson's death sentence should not be reduced.

Johnson is to die by lethal injection on May 4 for the death of Carol Jean Heath. Heath was killed in her home - her throat slashed - while her 6-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son hid in the home.

Johnson on Monday asked for clemency - saying he did not kill Heath and was on his way to Albuquerque, N.M., at the time of the crime.

Heath's daughter - Ashley Heath - asked that Johnson's execution be carried out as scheduled.

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