The Latest: Arkansas board rejects inmate's clemency bid

The Latest: Arkansas board rejects inmate's clemency bid

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Latest on Arkansas' plan to execute seven inmates over a 10-day period this month(all times local):

4:10 p.m.

The Arkansas Parole Board has recommended the governor move forward with plans to execute one of seven inmates facing lethal injection later this month.

The board on Monday voted 7-0 that the clemency request by Jack Harold Jones Jr. was without merit. The ultimate decision on whether to spare Jones' life rests with Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

Jones is one of seven inmates scheduled to die this month. His execution is set for April 24.

Jones requested clemency, but declined to appear before the board for his hearing Friday. In a handwritten letter read by his attorney, Jones said he would decline clemency if granted by the governor.

Jones was convicted of killing bookkeeper Mary Phillips and trying to kill her daughter, Lacy, during a 1995 robbery at an accounting office.

12:35 p.m.

Lawyers for Arkansas inmates set to die this month because a key execution drug is expiring are in federal court arguing that the state's aggressive timetable raises the risk that their deaths will be cruel and unusual.

Seven men are scheduled to die between April 17 and April 27. Another inmate has received a stay. They fear that a key sedative, midazolam, won't prevent them from feeling the pain caused by other drugs that will shut down their lungs and heart.

The state's solicitor general, Lee Rudofsky, told U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker said the inmates' claims have been tried in other courts and that they aren't entitled to additional legal battles. He said "enough is enough" and that the state should be allowed to carry out lawful executions.

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