Attorney General Rutledge files brief with 8th Circuit Court

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has filed her brief with the 8th Circuit Court.

With this filed, the appeals process for Federal Judge Kristine Baker's ruling starts. The federal ruling cited a likely violation of the inmate's Eighth Amendment and right to due process. 

The court battle will likely extend into next week. However, if the high court rules in favor of the state, the executions could move forward as early as next week.

The executions were to start on Monday, April 17 with the lethal injection of Don Davis. Stacey Johnson's and Ledell Lee's executions would have followed on Thursday, April 20. Jack Jones and Marcell Williams were scheduled to be executed on Monday, April 24, and the final execution--that of Kenneth Williams--would have been on Thursday, April 27.

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