VARNER, Ark. - Arkansas was poised Thursday to carry out its first execution since 2005 after officials scrapped the third of eight lethal injections that had been planned before the end of the month in the face of court challenges.
A ruling from the state Supreme Court allowing officials to use a lethal injection drug that a supplier says was obtained by misleading the company cleared the way for Arkansas to proceed to execute Ledell Lee on Thursday night, although he still had requests for stays pending with a federal appeals court and the U.S. Supreme Court. Temporary stays from the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court delayed Lee's execution until 9:15 p.m. central time, to give them time to review his case.