The Latest: Arkansas inmates' executions set for April

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Posted: Feb 27, 2017 3:23 PM

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson setting execution dates for eight inmates on death row (all times local):

2:20 p.m.

Arkansas' governor has scheduled eight executions over four days in April.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed proclamations on Monday to schedule executions for the eight death row inmates starting on April 17. Two convicted murderers are scheduled for lethal injection that day: Bruce Earl Ward and Don William Davis.

The other scheduled executions are on April 20 for Ledelle Lee and Stacey Eugene Johnson, April 24 for Marcel W. Williams and Jack Harold Jones, and April 27 for Kenneth D. Williams and Jason F. McGehee.

Hutchinson set the dates just days after the state's attorney general told him the inmates had exhausted their appeals.

The state lacks one of the three drugs needed to put the men to death, but Hutchinson's office said it's confident the state will find a new supply.

Arkansas hasn't executed a death row inmate since 2005.

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1:45 p.m.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has set execution dates for eight death row inmates, even though the state lacks one of three drugs needed to put the men to death.

The Republican released a statement Monday saying he signed a proclamation scheduling executions for the eight inmates, though no dates were released.

The move comes days after the state's attorney general told the governor the men had exhausted their appeals and there were no more legal obstacles to their executions.

The U.S. Supreme Court last week rejected inmates' request to review a state court ruling upholding Arkansas' lethal injection law.

Prison officials say they haven't replaced a lethal injection drug that expired in January.

Arkansas hasn't executed a death row inmate since 2005.