AG McDaniel Stands Ready to Pursue Jones Execution

LITTLE ROCK, AR - State Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to review a Kentucky case that challenges lethal injection as an execution method won't stop preparations for an Arkansas execution this month.  McDaniel says Jack Harold Jones will need a court order for the October 16 execution to be suspended.

Jones has asked a federal appeals court to put a hold on his execution until the Kentucky case runs its course.  A lawyer for Jones says he believes the court might grant a stay.

In the case out of Kentucky, the Supreme Court is to examine whether lethal injection violates the 8th Amendment ban on cruel and unusual punishment.  Arkansas uses the same three-drug mixture as Kentucky does in its lethal injection.

Jones is scheduled to be executed for the 1991 rape and slaying of a Bald Knob bookkeeper.  He also was convicted in that case of attacking the woman's 11-year-old daughter.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)