Prison official says Arkansas inmate knew of execution

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A prison spokeswoman says a death row inmate learned of an order mistakenly issued by the Arkansas Supreme Court that allowed state officials to proceed with his execution before that order was withdrawn by the high court.

Prison spokeswoman Dina Tyler said Friday that prison staffers also were told of the order, and began making preparations for the execution of Jack Jones Jr., convicted of killing a Bald Knob bookkeeper in 1995. But she said staff did not deal with Jones in those preparations, because any execution would have been several weeks away.

The order allowing Jones to be put to death was issued Thursday morning, but replaced during the afternoon with a corrected order staying the execution, as Jones' lawyer had requested.

Court officials provided no explanation of how the mistake occurred.

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