US judge halts one of eight planned executions in Arkansas

US judge halts one of eight planned executions in ArkansasA US judge on Thursday blocked the planned execution of one of eight prisoners whose deaths were scheduled to take place in Arkansas this month. Federal Judge Price Marshall issued his decision in the case of Jason McGehee, saying his execution should be stayed an additional 30 days for his case to be considered after the state’s parole board recommended he be granted clemency. The delay may push McGehee’s execution well past that period because one of the lethal injection drugs the state uses expires at the end of April.



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