Arkansas inmate Jack Jones was pronounced dead at 7:20pm Thursday evening. Earlier in the day, he exhausted all appeals to state courts and the U.S. Supreme Court. Jones was executed for the 1995 slaying of bookkeeper and mother Mary Phillips in front of her 11-year-old daughter. Witnesses reported the execution via a three-drug lethal injection cocktail took about fourteen minutes.
Inmate Marcel Williams is expected to be executed tonight as well, making Arkansas the first state to carry out a double execution since 2000.