Arkansas death row inmate asks court to halt execution

  • The members of the Arkansas Parole Board to hear testimony from the relatives of the two victims of murder Friday, March 24, 2017, at Little Rock, arkansas. Stacey Johnson and Ledell Lee have asked the council to advise Gov. Asa Hutchinson grant them mercy and commute their death sentence. Johnson and Lee are set to die April 20, in the midst of a series of four double-executions. (AP Photo/Andrew DeMillo)

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  • FILE – This combination of undated file photos provided by the Arkansas Department of Correction shows death-row inmates Stacey E. Johnson, left, and Ledelle Lee. Both men are scheduled for execution on April 20, 2017. (Arkansas Department of Correction, via AP)

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LITTLE ROCK, arkansas. – One of the eight Arkansas death row inmates facing lethal injection next month in which the state’s highest court to block his execution so evidence of the murder trial can be tested.

Stacey Eugene Johnson asked the state Supreme Court Wednesday to stay his execution scheduled for 20 April, one of the four double execution data of the state has set a 10-day period.

Johnson asked the judges to allow him to search for new tests of the evidence of his conviction in the 1993 death of Carol Heath. The evidence includes hairs found in Heath’s apartment.

The request is among a flurry of cases in the state and federal courts by the prisoners that are focused on stopping the various models. The state Parole Board on Monday recommended Gov. Asa Hutchinson to deny Johnson’s request for clemency.

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