Arkansas Execution Blocked on Lethal Injection Challenge

JUNE 27, 2006 - Posted at 7:31 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A federal judge in Little Rock has issued a stay of execution for Don Davis, who was to die by lethal injection on July 5.

Lawyers with the Arkansas attorney general's office are now considering whether to appeal the ruling yesterday by U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright.

Davis was convicted in the 1990 killing of Jane Daniels of Rogers.  He joined a lawsuit filed by another death row inmate, Terrick Nooner.  The suit claims that Arkansas' lethal injection protocol may put a condemned inmate at risk for cruel and unusual punishment.

Wright says Davis has shown that he is personally under a threat of irreparable harm.  A hearing on the evidence is to be scheduled.

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