Eight executions set

The Arkansas Department of Correction has been notified to conduct two executions a month for the next four months, starting in October.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson set execution dates on Wednesday for eight Arkansas inmates whom Arkansas juries have convicted and sentenced to death.

After a review of information provided by Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, the governor set the following dates according to the age of each inmate’s crime, which, in most cases, occurred over two decades ago.

The judgments against Bruce Earl Ward, convicted of the August 11, 1989, murder of Rebecca Doss of Little Rock, and Don William Davis, convicted of the October 12, 1990, murder of Jane Daniel of Rogers, will be carried out on October 21.

Terrick Terrell Nooner, convicted of the March 16, 1993, murder of Scot Stobaugh of Little Rock, and Stacey Eugene Johnson, convicted in Sevier County of the April 1, 1993, murder of Carol Heath of De Queen, are set for November 3.

Marcel Wayne Williams, convicted of the November 20, 1994, murder of Stacy Errickson of Jacksonville, and Jack Harold Jones, Jr., convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death for the June 6, 1995, murder of Mary Phillips of Searcy, are set for December 14.

Jason McGehee, who was convicted of the August 19, 1996, murder of John Melbourne Jr., of Harrison, and Kenneth Williams, who was convicted of the October 3, 1999, murder of Cecil Boren of Grady, are set for January 14, 2016.

All of the criminal judgments and sentences of death, which have undergone review in state and federal court, are final.

The State of Arkansas' Department of Correction presently has 34 people -- all men -- at its Death Row at the Varner Unit.

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