Arkansas wraps up string of planned executions

The US state of Arkansas has put to death the fourth inmate in eight days, wrapping up an aggressive schedule of lethal injections accelerated because the state’s supply of an execution drug was about to expire.

Convicted murderer Kenneth Williams, 38, was pronounced dead Wednesday at 11:05 pm, 13 minutes after he received a lethal injection at the Cummins Unit prison at Varner.

State officials initially scheduled eight prisoners to be executed over 10 days, the fastest pace of executions in decades. The courts, however, blocked four of the executions after last-minute appeals.

Williams was sentenced to death for killing Cecil Boren, a former deputy warden, after he escaped from jail in 1999. At the time, Williams was serving a life sentence for the murder of Dominique Hurd, a college cheerleader, the year before.

“I extend my sincerest of apologies to the families I have senselessly wronged and deprived of their loved ones,” he said in a final…

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