If Arkansas had its way, the state would have two fewer inmates on death row today. Bruce Ward and Don Davis had originally been the first of eight Arkansas inmates scheduled to die within 11 days of each other. But a series of legal challenges has spared the lives of both inmates and thrown the…
Court rulings delay executions
Late Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court denied an appeal from the state to allow it to go forward with Davis’s execution. Justice Samuel Alito referred the request to the full court, which ruled just minutes before Arkansas’s execution warrant for Davis expired.
That decision followed a ruling by the Arkansas Supreme Court that blocked both Davis’s and Ward’s executions. Ward, who was convicted of killing 18-year-old Rebecca Doss in 1990, had received a stay of execution from the state supreme court earlier in the week over his mental health. The state chose not to appeal that decision. But it did ask the Supreme Court to allow it to move ahead with the execution of Davis, who was convicted of killing 62-year-old Jane Daniel in 1990.