Damien Echols says Arkansas 'salivating' to execute Don Davis

Damien Echols returns to Arkansas first time since being released

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Damien Echols claims that Don Davis, who is scheduled for execution by the Arkansas Department of Correction on Monday, has changed during his time in prison.

Echols, who was incarcerated on the state's death row for over a decade, told Dawn Scott that Davis has changed.

"Don would be the first to tell you that he had done something horrific in his foolish and drug addled youth," said Echols.

He added that Davis showed him a compassion that the state lacks.

"The man whose life they are trying to end showed me more compassion, kindness, and generosity than the people killing him ever did," he said.

During Echols's time on death row, he grew close to Davis, saying that the condemned inmate was responsible for saving his life.

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

Read his full comment below:

"The man whose death the state is salivating for today is not the same man they sentenced to die all those years ago. The man whose life they are trying to end showed me more compassion, kindness, and generosity than the people killing him ever did. This is a man who grew tremendously through the decades he was incarcerated, and would have done anything he could to make up for the horrendous act he committed while young and ignorant. Don would be the first to tell you that he had done something horrific in his foolish and drug addled youth - he had taken a life that could never be replaced. But he also helped save one - mine. And not many people in the world can say that."

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