Gov. Hutchinson sets execution date for Jack Greene

Governor sets November execution date for Greene

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - After receiving a request from Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, Governor Asa Hutchinson has set an execution date for Jack Gordon Greene.

The request came after the state had procured a new supply of midazolam on August 4. According to documents obtained by Buzzfeed News, Wendy Kelley, the director of the Department of Correction, paid $250 in cash for the new supply of the controversial drug.

Greene was convicted for kidnapping his niece in North Carolina, killing his brother Turner "Tommy" Greene, and the murder of 69-year-old Jethro Burnett, who was a retired preacher.

"He beat that old man," said Donna Johnson, Greene's ex-girlfriend, "tied him to a chair, beat that old man with a hominy can. Slit him from ear to ear [and] stabbed him."

Greene's execution has been set for November 9, 2017.

In a statement, Scott Braden, an assistant federal defender, said that Greene "suffers from severe mental illness."

"Greene has long held a fixed delusion that the Arkansas Department of Correction is conspiring with his attorneys to cover up injuries that he believes corrections officers have inflicted upon him," Braden said. "He complains that his spinal cord has been removed and his central nervous system has been destroyed."

Braden also stated that Greene thinks he will be executed to cover up what he refers to as "crimes against humanity."

"The U.S. Supreme Court has been clear that the Eighth Amendment prohibits the execution of someone who cannot rationally comprehend his execution. Two-and-a-half decades of solitary confinement -- piled on top of Mr. Greene's existing mental fragility -- call the legality of Mr. Greene's execution into serious doubt," Braden said.

In April, the state executed four men in a seven day span after scheduling to execute eight inmates in 10 days.

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