October 16 Execution Date Set for Murderer, Rapist

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Governor Beebe has set an October 16 execution date for Jack Harold Jones, Jr., who was convicted for raping and murdering a bookkeeper and beating her 11-year-old daughter.

Jones, who is 43, was convicted in 1996 of capital murder, rape and criminal attempt to commit murder in the killing of Mary Phillips and the beating of her daughter, Lacy.

Jones' execution date is the second set by Beebe since he took office in January.  Last month, Beebe set a September 18 execution date for Terrick Nooner in the robbery and murder of 22-year-old Scott Stobaugh.

On June 6, 1995, 34-year-old Mary Phillips and her daughter were at a Bald Knob accounting office when Jones entered the office and robbed them.  Lacy lost consciousness and was left for dead.  When she awoke, police were taking photographs of her.

Mary Phillips was found nude from the waist down with a cord from a nearby coffee pot wrapped around her neck.  She had also been hit about the head and had bruises on her arms and back.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)