Rutledge asks court to deny Jack Greene's bid to halt execution

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas' attorney general said an inmate set to die this week has no right to a stay of execution.

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge on Tuesday asked the state Supreme Court to reject a plea from Jack Greene, who's scheduled to be executed Thursday night.

Greene's attorneys said justices should halt the execution and review a lower court's decision to dismiss his challenge of a state law that gives Arkansas' top prison official the authority to determine whether he is competent.

Greene's attorneys said the inmate suffers from delusions. Greene, who's from North Carolina, was sentenced to die for the 1991 death of Sidney Burnett, who was beaten with a can of hominy, stabbed and shot.

Greene's execution would be Arkansas' first since it put four men to death in April.

© 2017 Associated Press


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