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The Morning Brew: Arkansas' controversial executions

Arkansas carried out its first double execution since 2000. Here's how the Arkansas Democrat Gazette covered it.

12:01 a.m. » 2nd inmate's execution took 17 minutes

The second inmate put to death by Arkansas on Monday night had labored breathing, then grimaced slightly before losing consciousness.

That's according to an Associated Press reporter who witnessed Marcel Williams' execution.

Williams' execution began at 10:16 p.m., about two hours later than planned after a judge issued, then lifted, a temporary stay. He took several deep breaths shortly after the lethal injection began, and his breathing appeared to stop about eight minutes after the start.

Williams was pronounced dead at 10:33 p.m.

Williams weighed 400 pounds, and his attorneys had argued that his lethal injection could cause excessive pain because of his health.

—The Associated Press


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Matt Patterson

Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun.... Read more ›