Judge orders Arkansas to conduct autopsy on executed inmate

Judge orders Arkansas to conduct autopsy on executed inmateA federal judge has ordered the Arkansas authorities to conduct an autopsy on the body of an executed inmate whose lawyer described his death as “horrifying,” including jerking and convulsions during his lethal injection. Judge Kristine Baker of the US Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas issued the order late Friday, less than 24 hours after the state executed the 38-year-old convicted multiple murderer Kenneth Williams. Arkansas officials had said the compressed timeline was necessary because the state’s stock of a sedative used in the lethal injection, midazolam, was set to expire at the end of April.



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