Arkansas court grants stay in Region 8 inmate's execution

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP & KAIT) - The Arkansas Supreme Court has extended a stay in the scheduled May 24 execution for death row inmate Jack Harold Jones Jr.

The Arkansas Supreme Court Communications Counsel sent an e-mail saying there was an error in the syllabus when it originally reported the ruling Thursday.

Jones was sentenced to die for the 1995 murder of a Bald Knob woman.

Justices on Thursday granted Jones' petition to renew the stay of his execution.

Jones had previously faced a March 16 execution date but won a stay as he challenged Arkansas' lethal-injection law.

Jones received the death penalty for the death of Mary Phillips. Phillips was a bookkeeper who was killed at her office in Bald Knob. Jones has admitted killing Phillips and attacking her then-11-year-old daughter.

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