Don Davis not executed, US Supreme Court upholds stay of execution

GRADY, Ark. (KTHV) - The State of Arkansas has not executed Don Davis Monday night after the United States Supreme Court upheld the Arkansas Supreme Court's stay of execution. He was set to be the first of seven inmates set to be executed over a 10-day span.

The Supreme Court denied Attorney General Leslie Rutledge's application which requested the court to vacate the stay of execution set for by the Arkansas Supreme Court.

Even up to the execution's dismissal, court battles continued all throughout Monday. The Arkansas Department of Correction and its employees continued their preparations to execute Don Davis even though the execution never took place.

According to the DOC, Davis had what was supposed to be his last meal. He had fried chicken, mashed potatoes, Great Northern beans, fruit punch, and strawberry cake.

"It is heartbreaking that the family of Jane Daniel has once again seen justice delayed," Rutledge said in a statement. "Davis was convicted of his crimes in 1992, and my office took every action it could today to see that justice was carried out."

Monday evening, Damien Echols spoke out against the execution of Don Davis, saying he changed during his time in prison.

"He had taken a life that could never be replace," Echols said in a statement. "But he also helped save one--mine. And not many people in the world can say that.

Davis was convicted of murdering 62-year-old Jane Daniel in her home in Rogers in 1990.

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