Double Executions on for Tonight

January 6, 2004 - Posted at 7:39 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - This afternoon, Governor Huckabee is to make final decisions on any clemency requests for a pair of death-row inmates scheduled for execution starting at 8 p.m.

Charles Singleton is scheduled for the first execution.  He was convicted of the 1979 murder of Hamburg grocer Mary Lou York.  Karl Roberts will be put to death an hour later for the murder of his 12-year-old niece Andria Nichole Brewer.

Singleton has spent more time on death row than any other Arkansas inmate.  Singleton has claimed in court filings that he should not be executed because the state has to medicate him to keep him sane.  His attorney says Singleton's present mental state allows him to understand that he's about to be killed.

Singleton has a clemency request pending before the governor.  Roberts says he wants to die.

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