Arkansas Plans Execution With New Drug Supply
Latest batch expires in Jan. 2019
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 18, 2017 12:50 AM CDT
This undated photo provided by the Arkansas Department of Corrections shows Jack Greene.   (Arkansas Department of Corrections)

(Newser) – Arkansas has a new supply of a controversial lethal injection drug months after the state put four men to death over an eight-day period, officials said Thursday, as the state prepared to set an execution date for an inmate. Gov. Asa Hutchinson's office said he planned to schedule an execution for Jack Greene after a request from Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. Greene was convicted in the 1991 killing of Sidney Jethro Burnett after Burnett and his wife accused Greene of arson. He has exhausted his appeals and there's no stay of execution in place, Rutledge told the governor in her request.

Greene's attorneys argue that he is severely mentally ill and suffers from a delusion that officials are conspiring with his attorneys to cover up injuries he believes corrections officers have inflicted on him. Arkansas executed four prisoners in April in its first executions since 2005, but had intended to put eight men to death. The state scheduled the executions to occur before its supply of midazolam, a sedative used in its three-drug lethal injection process, expired. A Department of Correction spokesman says the state obtained the new supply on Aug. 4 and it expires in Jan. 2019, the AP reports. A state law keeps the source of the state's execution drugs secret.

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