LITTLE ROCK — The state Parole Board on Wednesday reported to Gov. Asa Hutchinson it has voted not to recommend clemency for one of eight inmates scheduled to die by lethal injection next month.
The board said it voted 5-2 to recommend the governor not commute the sentence of Marcel Williams 46, who is scheduled to die April 24 for the 1994 rape and suffocation of Stacy Errickson of Jacksonville.
The board held a clemency hearing and a victim-input hearing in the case on Monday. Williams claims he was a victim of repeated abuse as a child and that virtually no evidence of his difficult upbringing was presented at his trial.
The Parole Board said it decided not to recommend clemency for Williams because of the nature and seriousness of the offense, his prior criminal history, the appropriateness of his sentence and a lack of evidence supporting his claim that he is a victim of injustice.
The board recommended Monday that Hutchinson not grant clemency to two other condemned inmates, Ledelle Lee and Stacey Johnson. Two more inmates slated for execution next month, Kenneth Williams and Jason McGehee, are set to appear before the board for clemency hearings Friday.
The governor is not bound by the board’s recommendations.
The state is seeking to execute eight inmates before its supply of one of its execution drugs expires at the end of April. The inmates have filed various lawsuits seeking to block or delay their executions.
Arkansas has not executed an inmate since 2005 because of legal challenges and difficulties in obtaining execution drugs.