LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Governor Asa Hutchinson has released a statement where he said the state of Arkansas has asked the United States Supreme Court to overrule the Arkansas Supreme Court ruling which blocks the Monday executions of Don Davis and Bruce Ward.
Below is Hutchinson's full statement:
“Once again last minute court rulings have changed the course of justice. Today, the 8th Circuit ruled the state could proceed with the death penalty sentence and expressed no concern over the execution schedule and the legislatively mandated means to carry out the lethal injection protocol. However, the State Supreme Court went a different direction and ruled that the execution of Don Davis and Bruce Ward could not proceed based upon the potential of some future direction of the U.S. Supreme Court that is unknown at the present time.“This decision was not unanimous and the dissenting opinions reflect the harm the delays cause the families of the victims and it also expresses my frustration in the continued delayed justice. We have asked the US Supreme Court to overrule the Arkansas Supreme Court and hope to get a decision later tonight.”