Arkansas carries out first double execution in the USA since 2000

The eight executions were pushed by the state before its supply of a lethal injection drug expires on April 30.

The deputy solicitor-general, Nicholas Bronni, admitted in a court filing that the execution team had tried "to place a central line in Jones' neck, but the attempt was unsuccessful".

One more Arkansas inmate, Kenneth Williams, is to die Thursday in the death chamber at the Cummins Unit, in unincorporated Lincoln County, southeast of Pine Bluff. "The U.S. Supreme Court denied those claims without comment".

Fifty two year-old Jake Harold Jones was pronounced dead at 7:20 pm CDT, according to a timeline confirmed by the Arkansas Department of Corrections.

Jones argued his health conditions could lead to a painful death. Before being killed, Jones gave a long final statement, in which he apologized to the daughter of Mary Phillips.

Jones was convicted in the 1995 rape and murder of a mother in front of her young daughter. He also released a written statement before his death. Jack Jones has diabetes, high blood pressure and has had a leg amputated in prison. A state authority spokesperson, in turn, claimed the execution was carried out "flawlessly". Arkansas is trying to use a sedative that expires at the end of the month, and if the men don't receive lethal injections as scheduled their executions will be off indefinitely.

Earlier in the evening, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a request for a stay of execution for Williams.

The pharmaceutical companies said there is a public health risk if their drugs are diverted for use in executions, CBS reported, and that the state's possession of the drugs violates rules within their distribution networks.

Three executions have been carried out (including the two Monday); one more is scheduled this week; and four are on hold as inmates exhaust their final appeals.

Damien Echols, a former death row inmate and campaigner against the death penalty, tweeted on Tuesday: "These executions were nothing more than human sacrifices made by politicians in order to climb the political ladder".

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The condemned inmate is allowed an attorney and a spiritual advisor, according to Department of Correction spokesman Solomon Graves.

For his last meal, Jones had fried chicken, potato logs, beef jerky bites, Butterfinger bars and a chocolate milkshake. He became the first person put to death in Arkansas since 2005.

Numerous legal clashes over Arkansas' plan focus on use of the drug midazolam, a sedative meant to render a condemned person unconscious before other drugs induce death.

Jones was white, Williams black.

The first drug shuts down a prisoner's lungs, the second stops the heart.

Oklahoma left its microphone open until the execution of Clayton Lockett, who struggled against his restraints before dying. Another man, Stacey Johnson, was supposed to be executed on the same day as Lee, but was granted a stay. The only quicker pace included quadruple executions in 1926 and 1930. He had been convicted and sentenced to death for the 1994 kidnap, rape and murder of Stacy Errickson. He also raped two other women in the days leading up to Errickson's murder. "I wish I could take it back but I can't". "That's what I had been told and then when I took the picture, with the flash, I saw her look up with that one eye".

On June 6, 1995, Jones beat, raped and murdered Mary Phillips.

The southern state executed convicted killers Marcel Williams, 46, and 52-year-old Jack Jones on Tuesday.

Johnson's April 20 execution was stayed after the Arkansas Supreme Court ordered a hearing on DNA evidence.