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Man Who Viciously Killed Young Girl Is Executed- Here Were His Final Words

The death penalty remains a controversial punishment across America. The recurrent debate has been reignited after the “horrifying” death of a man on death row in Arkansas.

Now, the deceased criminal’s lawyer is looking for answers, demanding that Arkansas authorities pursue a full investigation into the Cummins Unit, the prison where convicted killer, Kenneth Williams, was executed. Mr. Williams was sentenced to death for killing three people, including a young girl from the University of Arkansas.

Journalists who witnessed Mr. Williams’ death have described how the man was "coughing, convulsing, lurching, jerking" after being injected with a fatal dose of midazolam. This particular execution drug has been surrounded by controversy, with medical professionals and legal experts arguing that it is a “cruel and unusual punishment.”

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The usage of the controversial drug is now being questioned by Arkansas officials. Questions are also being asked about the general execution practices in Arkansas after it was revealed that the state had increased its number of executions (scheduling eight executions in ten days) because stocks of midazolam were nearing their expiration dates.

The record-breaking execution schedule led to a series of protests, with religious leaders and civil rights organizations staging special vigils and demonstrations.

Kelly Kissel, a reporter for the Associated Press, was also shocked by the gruesome execution of Mr. Williams, saying: "This is the most I’ve seen an inmate move three or four minutes in."

Mr. Kissel has witnessed ten executions during his time as a journalist and he is convinced that, after being injected with midazolam, Mr. Williams started “lurching” and making noises.

Mr. Williams’ attorney, Shawn Nolan, was equally disturbed by the death of Mr. Williams, telling NBC News: “This is very disturbing, but not at all surprising, given the history of the risky sedative midazolam, which has been used in many botched executions."

However, state officials are unconvinced that the execution was “botched.” Asa Hutchinson, the Governor of Arkansas, spoke about the controversial execution at a press conference:

"The executions were carried out in accordance with those protocols in the four, there was not any indication of pain — which was an objective and concern that had been expressed by the defense lawyers. I see no reason for any investigation other than the routine that is done after every execution."

Despite the governor’s statements, Mr. Nolan is still concerned. “What’s important right now is that all the information about tonight’s execution must be meticulously documented and preserved so that we can discover exactly what happened in that execution chamber" declared the outspoken attorney.

Despite the allegations, many Arkansas citizens are skeptical of the reports surrounding Mr. Williams’s death. Jodie Efird, the daughter of Cecil Boren, one of Mr. Williams’ victims, did not have any sympathy for the convicted murderer, saying: "Any amount of movement he might’ve had was far less than any of his victims."

During his clemency hearing, Mr. Williams appeared to come to terms with his approaching punishment, telling the Court: "I accept full responsibility and accountability for my crimes ... That would be Christ in me, enabling me to embrace justice — not fear it."

It is said Mr. Williams was speaking in 'tounges' before he was put to death.

Source: CNN, NBC News
Photo: 5 News Online

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