LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - On Friday evening, just three days before the first scheduled execution, the Arkansas Supreme Court has granted an emergency stay for Bruce Ward. He is one of the 7 death row inmates and was scheduled to be executed on Monday, April 17.
The court did not clarify why they granted the emergency stay.
Attorney General Leslie Rutledge's office released a statement saying:
"Bruce Ward was convicted of capital murder in 1990 and the State Supreme Court has previously upheld his conviction. The Court granted a stay of Ward's scheduled execution today but offered no reason for doing so. Attorney General Rutledge is evaluating options on how to proceed."
Ward was on death row for the strangulation death of 18-year-old Rebecca Lynn Doss. He has been on death row since 1990.
The stay was requested after Ward's attorney said he was denied access to independent mental health experts in his case.
Stay with us as we continue to update you on the latest in the executions in Arkansas.