ARKANSAS (USA): JACK JONES EXECUTED
April 24, 2017:
Two inmates received lethal injections on the same gurney Monday night about three hours apart. The first was Jack Jones, 52, White. (Source: Associated Press, Time, HoC, 24/04/2017)
Jones was executed on schedule, shortly after 7 p.m..
An Associated Press reporter who witnessed the execution said Jones moved his lips briefly after the midazolam was administered, and officials put a tongue depressor in his mouth intermittently for the first few minutes. His chest stopped moving two minutes after they checked for consciousness, and he was pronounced dead at 7:20 p.m.. In an emergency filing, Marcel Williams' attorneys wrote that officials spent 45 minutes trying to place an IV line in Jones' neck before placing it elsewhere (Intravenous lines are placed before witnesses are allowed access to the death chamber). Jones had been sentenced to death on April 17, 1996 in the June 6, 1995 strangulation of Mary Phillips, 34. He was also convicted of attempting to kill Phillips' 11-year-old daughter and was convicted in the June 1, 1991 rape and killing of Lorraine Anne Barrett, 32, in Florida. Jones said earlier this month that he was ready for execution. He used a wheelchair and he'd had a leg amputated in prison because of diabetes. Jones becomes the 2nd inmate to be executed this year in Arkansas, the 29th since the state resumed executions in 1990, the 8th this year in the Usa, and the n° 1450 since the Usa resumed executions in 1977.