April 19 A divided Arkansas Supreme Court on
Wednesday halted the execution of an inmate who had been
scheduled to die on Thursday.
The court's 4-3 decision to stop the execution of Stacey
Johnson, 47, brought to four the number of inmates to get at
least a temporary reprieve amid an effort by the state to put
eight inmates to death in a period of 11 days this month.
Governor Asa Hutchinson set the unprecedented schedule due
to one of the drugs in the state's lethal injection mix expiring
at the end of the month.
(Reporting by Steve Barnes in Little Rock, Ark.; Writing by
Sharon Bernstein; Editing by Peter Cooney)