Arkansas carries out first double execution in U.S. since 2000

And leading anti-death penalty voice Sister Helen Prejean, who authored the book Dead Man Walking (and was later portrayed in the 1995 film by the same name), is encouraging other opponents to keep pressuring Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson and state attorney general Leslie Rutledge to end state-sanctioned killings.

Williams was sentenced to death for the 1994 murder of Stacey Errickson.

In the emergency filing, Williams' lawyers wrote that officials spent 45 minutes trying to place an IV line in Jones' neck before placing it elsewhere.

Last minute appeals had delayed the execution, which had been scheduled for one hour after Jones's execution.

"The gasping and gulping sounded like a freight train", said Dale Baich, an assistant federal public defender who witnessed the execution.

A media witness said Jones' execution lasted about 14 minutes.

"I hope over time you can learn who I really am and I am not a monster", he said in the roughly 2-minute statement.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor was the only justice to dissent publicly from both orders. "It's a good thing that it's done, for her", Whitaker told CNN affiliate KARK.

Statement written by Jack Jones just before his death.

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Family members of the victims said they feel justice has finally come, but the agony of decades of appeals is very tough on them.

"She was sexually abused in every way possible and as she was suffering he took a cord off a coffee pot and strangled her". Lacey Phillips regained consciousness as police photographers took pictures of the crime scene, CNN reported. On Nov. 20, 1994, Errickson, then 23, was forced into a auto at gunpoint by Williams. Her body was found two weeks later. Courts have blocked four lethal injections, including at least one that was called off only hours before the inmate was to enter the death chamber.

Jones ate fried chicken, potato logs with tartar sauce, beef jerky bites, three candy bars, a chocolate milkshake and fruit punch. Williams had fried chicken, banana pudding, nachos, two sodas and potato logs with ketchup.

In addition to arguments from their own cases, the Arkansas eight said in a lawsuit the state's clemency board did not have enough time to hear their cases sufficiently. Anesthesiologist David Lubarsky, one of the original authors of the 2005 Lancet study, warns that the drug is "a very poor choice" for lethal injection, since even its maximum effect falls short of rendering a person completely unconscious.

Attorneys for Jones say he could suffer from a "torturous death" because he may be resistant to midazolam. He and the prisoner executed just before him, Jack Jones Jr. - both convicted murderers - had filed last-minute appeals that were rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Williams' legal team had earlier argued that his extreme obesity - Williams weighed 400 pounds (180 kilograms) - would make it hard to find a proper vein for the lethal injection.

Oklahoma tried to conduct a double execution in 2014, but it was halted after the first prisoner writhed and moaned on the gurney during the botched attempt. Three were scheduled for this week, including the two on Monday. Lee maintained up until his death that he was innocent.

FILE - This combination of file photos shows one of the three drugs that the Arkansas Department of Correction (ADC) purchased to perform several executions.

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