source: Arkansas Catholic
published: 27 April 2017
Arkansas resumed executions April 20 after a 12-year break.
“The real practitioners of the death penalty have always been the 10 southern states that practiced slavery, Arkansas among them.” Sister Helen Prejean, via Twitter April 21
Ledell Lee was executed April 20, and Jack Jones and Marcel Williams were executed April 24, marking Arkansas’ first double execution since 1999 and the country’s first double execution since 2000.
Lee was on death row for 24 years for the murder of Debra Reese. Jones was on death row since 1996 for the death of Mary Phillips and attempted murder of her daughter Lacey, and Williams was accused of murdering Stacy Errickson in 1994.
Both nights death penalty abolitionists gathered at the Governor’s Mansion in Little Rock for prayers, quiet reflection and songs.