Arkansas proceeded with its first double execution Monday night, putting to death two convicted killers amid legal wrangling over whether the prisoners were subjected to cruel and unusual punishment due to claims that the first execution was botched, the Gateway Pundit reports.
The deaths of Jack Harold Jones and Marcel Wayne William marked the first back-to-back executions in the U.S. since 2000, when Texas made a similar move on the same night.
The two executions, which were carried out about three hours apart, are the first in Arkansas in 12 years.
Jones and Williams were among eight prisoners slated for execution this month before Arkansas’ supply of a lethal injection drug expires at the end of April.
The compressed timeline led to several legal challenges, but requests for stays were denied by Arkansas Supreme Court, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Williams and Jones were both sent to death row for rape and murder of women in the 1990s.