(LITTLE ROCK, Ark.) — A federal judge on Saturday halted Arkansas’ unprecedented plan to execute seven inmates before the end of the month.
U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker granted a preliminary injunction requested by the inmates to block the executions. Arkansas was set to execute the first two inmates by lethal injection on Monday night. The state is expected to appeal the decision.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson had scheduled the executions to take place before the state’s supply of midazolam, one of its lethal injection drugs, expires at the end of the month. Arkansas hasn’t executed an inmate since 2005 because of drug shortages and legal challenges.
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