Inquiry Demands Prevail After Execution of Fourth Man in Arkansas

The execution of Kenneth Williams in the US state of Arkansas on Thursday (27 April) has stirred a controversy after his lawyers called for an inquiry alleging that the lethal injection procedure was “horrifying”. 

The development came after witnesses of the procedure said that the 38-year-old convulsed and groaned as he was being executed, the BBC reported.

Media persons who witnessed the procedure said that the convicted murderer coughed, trembled, lurched and jerked about 15 times after he received the first of three lethal injections.

He was pronounced dead at 23.05 local time (05.05 BST), which “resulted in disturbing signs of distress on the part of the prisoner”, reports said.

Williams’ last words were “I humbly extend my apologies to those families I have senselessly wronged”.

The Republican governor of Arkansas, Asa Hutchinson, has dismissed the allegations and said, “I see no reason for any investigation other than the routine review that is done after every execution.”

The governor’s spokesman also said Williams’ movements were “an involuntary muscular reaction”, to be expected with midazolam — a sedative used in lethal injections.

Republican state senator Trent Garner, who was present during the execution, also came out in support and said Williams did not “seem in pain”.

“It was not cruel, unusual, botched or torture,” he tweeted.

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Source: International Business Times | Divya Kishore