LITTLE ROCK —Attorney General Leslie Rutledge on Friday asked Gov. Asa Hutchinson to set execution dates for a group of death-row inmates who unsuccessfully challenged Arkansas’ lethal-injection law.
Rutledge sent letters to Hutchinson hours after the Arkansas Supreme Court issued an order affirming that the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this week overturned a circuit judge’s ruling and upheld the state’s execution law.
According to the attorney general’s office, the order automatically lifted the stays of execution the court previously issued for inmates in the group who exhausted their state appeals.
The state cannot carry out any executions immediately. Its supply of potassium chloride, part of a three-drug cocktail the state intends to use for lethal injections, expired Jan. 1 and has not yet been replaced.
Arkansas has not executed a prisoner since 2005 because of legal challenges and difficulties in obtaining execution drugs.