Ark. Supreme Court upholds Stacey Johnson's stay of execution

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Moments after overturning a ruling which blocked the use of one execution drug, the Arkansas Supreme Court has upheld the stay of Stacey Johnson's execution.

The court denied Attorney General Leslie Rutledge's request to reconsider the stay of execution.

Johnson's attorneys, which include help from the Innocence Project, have argued that new DNA testing should be granted in his case.

His attorneys have also said that a second therapist for the daughter of Carol Heath stated she was "under considerable pressure" to testify against Johnson. In a dissenting opinion, Justice Robert L. Brown said the therapist noted that the Heath's daughter was "under considerable pressure" by the District Attorney and her grandmother.

Johnson was charged with the murder of Heath in 1993.

Ledell Lee's scheduled execution has been moved up to 7:00 p.m., pending any other court decisions.

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