Once again throwing a wrench in the state’s plans to conduct several executions before the end of April, the Arkansas Supreme Court has halted one of two executions planned for Thursday night. One of the state’s lethal injection drugs is set to expire
The court ruled that Stacey Johnson could pursue his requests for enhanced DNA testing. Johnson hopes to prove his innocence in the 1993 rape and killing of Carol Heath. The Innocence Project filed the appeal along with Johnson’s attorney.
Karen Thompson, a staff attorney with the Innocence Project, said on Tuesday after the appeal was filed, “We’ve established that modern DNA testing methods can prove Mr. Johnson’s innocence, and Arkansas law clearly established that Mr. Johnson is entitled to that testing.”
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