VARNER, Ark. (AP) - A federal appeals court has denied all requests for a stay from an Arkansas inmate set for execution Thursday night. That means Ledell Lee's fate now rests with the U.S. Supreme Court, which earlier in the evening rejected two requests for stays in separate cases.
If executed, Lee would be the first Arkansas inmate put to death in nearly a dozen years. Lee's attorneys have filed challenges on a number of fronts, but so far, courts have ruled against the inmate. A temporary stay remains in place while the U.S. Supreme Court considers his appeals.
Lee's death warrant expires at midnight.
Arkansas had scheduled eight executions over an 11-day period before the end of April, when its supply of one lethal injection drug expires. The first three executions were canceled because of court decisions. Legal rulings have put at least one other in doubt