Parole Board Votes 'No' to Death Penalty for One AR Death Row Inmate

Jason McGehee was convicted of murder in Boone County, Ark.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. --  The Arkansas Parole Board has recommended that one of eight men scheduled for execution this month NOT be put to death.

The panel's decision in the case of Jason F. McGehee was announced on Wednesday, following executive clemency and victim input hearings on Friday.

It's now up to Governor Asa Hutchinson to decide whether or not to grant clemency to the convicted killer.

The Parole Board also considered the case of death row inmate Kenneth D. Williams and recommended that his execution be allowed to take place.

According to Arkansas Department of Correction (ADC) records, McGehee was sentenced to death in 1998 after being convicted of a murder-kidnapping in Boone County.

ADC records show that Williams was sentenced to death in 2000 after being convicted of murder in Lincoln County. He is also two other life sentences for murder convictions in Jefferson County in 1999 and 2005.

The first of four double executions set by Gov. Hutchinson are scheduled for April 17.


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