by Max Brantley
Gov. Mike Beebe has resumed setting execution dates despite some ongoing court deliberations on death penalty challenges. His announcement:
Governor Mike Beebe has received four letters in recent months from Attorney General Dustin McDaniel certifying that appeals have run their course for death-row inmates.
Beebe did not immediately set the execution dates, as there were other death-penalty cases already stayed and awaiting additional Court decisions.
At this point, Governor Beebe has decided that he is obligated to begin setting these execution dates, pending additional actions by the courts.
The execution date for Frank Williams, Jr., ADC# SK-924, will be June 22, 2011.
The execution date for Marcel W. Williams, ADC# SK-943, will be July 12, 2011.
Frank Williams' previous date had been cancelled, but legal issues have now been cleared, a spokesman for Beebe said. This is the first date set by the governor for Marcel Williams. At least three other Death Row inmates are enmeshed in new challenges based on execution procedures. The governor is aware of those pending issues, but decided "you could only wait so long before you try to proceed."