Arkansas Death-Row Inmate Receives Stay at Supreme Court Case Looms

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Federal judges granted a stay yesterday to an Arkansas death-row inmate scheduled to die next week by lethal injection, a method the U.S. Supreme Court will examine in a coming case.

A split panel of three judges from the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis granted the stay to death-row inmate Jack Harold Jones, Jr.  Jones appealed to the court last month, arguing his scheduled October 16 execution should be delayed as the Supreme Court hears the case of two Kentucky inmates over lethal injection.

A filing by state assistant attorney general Joseph Cordi, Jr. argued Jones should be put to death, saying the inmate "did nothing" legally for the years to stop his coming execution.

The 43-year-old recently acknowledged to the state Parole Board that he did "own" the 1995 rape and slaying of Bald Knob bookkeeper Mary Phillips and an attack on her 11-year-old daughter.

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