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Arkansas inmates set to die Thursday, claim innocence

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

(Associated Press)

LITTLE ROCK, arkansas. Attorneys for Arkansas prisoners sentenced to die Thursday in a planned double execution, to claim that they are innocent and one of them says advanced DNA testing techniques could show that he is not the killing of a woman in 1993.

Their strategy to win stay is in contrast to the first two prisoners to face the death room and were spared Monday by claiming they may not be put to death because of psychological problems.

Arkansas officials are vowing to pressure despite the setback to plans for the resumption of the death penalty after a 12-years ago. The state originally wanted to put to death eight men in 11 days, but that is up to five after the two won continues Monday and a third was previously put on hold by a federal judge.

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