Arkansas Set to Execute 2 Inmates

By JULIE TURKEWITZ and RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA April 24, 2017 VARNER, Ark. — The State of Arkansas is scheduled to put two inmates to death on Monday night, setting up what would be the United States’ first double execution in...

Arkansas Puts Ledell Lee to Death, in Its First Execution Since 2005

By ALAN BLINDER and MANNY FERNANDEZ April 21, 2017 VARNER, Ark. — The State of Arkansas, dismissing criticism that it intended to rush too many prisoners to their deaths too quickly, on Thursday night carried out its first execution in more...

In Arkansas, a Tempered Victory for Death Penalty Opponents

By ALAN BLINDER and MANNY FERNANDEZ April 18, 2017 LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Barely a dozen hours had passed since a pair of execution warrants had expired. The two men the State of Arkansas had wanted to put to death on Monday night remained...

Monday’s Arkansas Execution Halted by State Justices

By ALAN BLINDER April 17, 2017 VARNER, Ark. — Hours before the state hoped to carry out its first execution in more than a decade, the Arkansas Supreme Court on Monday moved to block the inmate from being put to death. The decision was a significant...

Damien Echols Says He Is Proof Arkansas Sends ‘Innocent People to Death’

By RICHARD FAUSSET April 15, 2017 LITTLE ROCK — One by one, the speakers at the anti-death-penalty rally took a turn behind the lectern on the Capitol steps. Hundreds listened as they spoke of light and its unique ability to drive out the darkness....