Arkansas Grants Stay of Execution for Two Inmates

The Arkansas Supreme Court on Monday afternoon ordered a stay of execution for Don Davis and Bruce Ward, two inmates scheduled to be executed on Monday evening. Davis and Ward were two of six Arkansas inmates scheduled to be executed over a brief span of 11 days before the state’s execution drug supply expires. On Sunday night, a U.S. district court judge denied Davis's motion for a stay of execution. But on Monday evening, the Arkansas Supreme Court issued a different ruling, approving Davis's and Ward's motions for a stay. The motion for a stay of execution is based on an ongoing U.S. Supreme Court case regarding inmates' access to mental health. Davis's and Ward's attorneys say the inmates were denied proper mental health evaluations, the outcomes of which might have spared the men the death penalty.