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Inmate scheduled for November execution requests clemency from Gov. Hutchinson


The AP's Claudia Lauer, who's done remarkable work previously on unveiling a portion of the secrecy surrounding Arkansas's recently rebooted execution process, now reports that one of the four Arkansas inmates scheduled to die in the next two months has applied for clemency.

Stacey Eugene Johnson's execution date is set for Nov. 3, along with another inmate on death row, Terrick Nooner. Johnson applied for clemency last week; the deadline to make the request was today.

Two other inmates scheduled to be executed on Oct. 21, Bruce Earl Ward and Don William Davis, did not apply for clemency before an earlier September deadline, Lauer reports:

Johnson's application is scheduled to be considered in a hearing on Oct. 15, [Arkansas Parole Board spokesman Solomon] Graves said. He will get a chance to present his case, the state will put forth a case against clemency, and any family members of the victim will be given time to address the board.

Johnson was convicted of the 1993 death of Carol Heath in De Queen, who was found beaten, strangled and with her throat slit. Her two children, ages 2 and 6 at the time, were home during the killing.

Here's a list of the eight inmates on Arkansas death row who have fully exhausted their appeals and are facing execution in the coming months.

It's still not certain that the executions — which would be the first in the state in a decade — will proceed on the schedule established by the state. A lawsuit from Jeff Rosenzweig, a defense attorney who's worked for years on death penalty cases, is still pending, and asserts that the state is out of compliance with an agreement that it provide information about the drugs used in lethal injections.

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