FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- After a lengthy series of legal battles, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the stay of execution for Death Row inmate Don Davis stands, officials say.
He will not be executed on Monday night.
Just before 11:30 p.m., witnesses were being seated in preparation for the execution before the ruling came down.
Earlier, Davis had his "last meal" at the Cummins Unit, where the execution chamber is located.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson released the following statement after the decision was reached.
"The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to vacate the Arkansas Supreme Court decision in reference to Don Davis. I am disappointed in this delay for the victim’s family. However, the 8th Circuit decision today overturning Judge Baker’s stay and the Arkansas Supreme Court ruling vacating Judge Griffen’s temporary restraining order mean that the courts have once again cleared the state to proceed with carrying out the sentences of the other inmates. While this has been an exhausting day for all involved, tomorrow we will continue to fight back on last minute appeals and efforts to block justice for the victims’ families.”
Attorney General Leslie Rutledge released the following statement on the decision:
"It is heartbreaking that the family of Jane Daniel has once again seen justice delayed. Davis was convicted of his crimes in 1992, and my office took every action it could today to see that justice was carried out. Ultimately, the U.S. Supreme Court has the final say and has decided not to lift the stay at this time. There are five scheduled executions remaining with nothing preventing them from occurring, but I will continue to respond to any and all legal challenges brought by the prisoners. The families have waited far too long to see justice, and I will continue to make that a priority.”
This marks the sixth time Davis has had his execution postponed.
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