State Appeals Stay of Execution Order

JUNE 30, 2006 - Posted at 3:48 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Arkansas Attorney General's office is appealing a federal court decision that stayed the execution of a condemned inmate who was scheduled to die next Wednesday.

Federal Judge Susan Webber Wright issued an order Monday staying the execution of 53-year-old Don Davis, who received a death sentence for the 1990 killing of Jane Daniels of Rogers.

In an appeal filed today with the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis, the attorney general's office says Wright's decision is too broad and asked that the execution go forward.

Davis joined a lawsuit filed by another Arkansas death row inmate, Terrick Nooner.  The suit argues that the drugs Arkansas uses in its lethal injections may cause pain and possibly violate constitutional protections against cruel and unusual punishment.

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