Attorney: Reports of execution 'horrifying'

2017-04-28 15:41
Anti-death penalty supporter Scott Langley protests outside the Varner Unit. (Stephen B Thornton, The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP)

Anti-death penalty supporter Scott Langley protests outside the Varner Unit. (Stephen B Thornton, The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP)

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Varner - An attorney for the fourth Arkansas inmate executed in eight days says accounts of the lethal injection are "horrifying".

Shawn Nolan was one of Kenneth Williams' attorneys who'd filed multiple requests to stop the Thursday night execution. One challenge argued that Williams had medical issues that could make his lethal injection painful.

Nolan said in a statement that he's requesting "a full investigation into tonight's problematic execution".

An Associated Press reporter who witnessed Williams' execution said the inmate lurched and convulsed 20 times before he died.

A spokesperson for Arkansas' governor says repeated movements by an inmate executed by the state on Thursday night were an "involuntary muscular reaction" to one of the drugs used.

Spokesperson JR Davis says he expects Governor Asa Hutchinson to review Thursday's lethal injection of Kenneth Williams, but said the governor is confident in how state's fourth execution in eight days was carried out.

Davis stood by his previous description of the state's recent executions as "flawless".

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