Beebe Likely to Continue Setting Execution Dates While Court Ponders

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Governor Beebe remains open to setting an execution date for a death-row inmate who has exhausted his appeals, although the U.S. Supreme Court will consider a Kentucky case that challenges lethal injection, the same method used in Arkansas.

At least a dozen states using lethal injection have put executions on hold because of legal challenges to the procedure.  In the Supreme Court case, two death-row inmates claim the mix of drugs used in many of the 36 states that perform lethal injections violates the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

Beebe says he'll leave open the possibility of scheduling an execution for Don Davis while the high court deliberates.  Davis was sentenced to death for the killing of a Rogers woman.

Beebe said he would also let the courts "take their normal route" in deciding whether to stay the only scheduled execution in Arkansas, an Oct. 16 date for Jack Harold Jones.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)