He is scheduled to be put to death at 7 p.m. CDT Thursday.
At the time of Boren's death, investigators said it did not appear Boren was targeted because of his former employment by the Arkansas Department of Correction. Williams was also served a regular prison meal that included fried chicken, beans, rice, corn, tomatoes, cinnamon rolls, two cookies, four slices of bread and punch.
He added that while the European Union recognizes the "serious nature" of Kenneth Williams' crimes and offers its "sincere sympathies" to the victims' families and friends, it "does not believe that their loss will be mitigated by the death of Mr. Williams". And their lawyers told the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday that while tests showed Kenneth Williams might have "low average" intelligence, he didn't cooperate fully with the doctors testing him. The state also conducted quadruple executions in 1926 and 1930.
Williams' lawyers claim he suffers from sickle cell trait, lupus and brain damage, and that the combined maladies could subject him to an exceptionally painful execution in violation of the U.S. Constitution.
On Wednesday, the Arkansas Supreme Court denied another request to halt the execution. They argued, "While Mr. Williams has been intellectually disabled at least as of the age of 18, he only last week began receiving the effective legal assistance necessary to allow him to assert this claim of categorical ineligibility for the death penalty". She cited her November 4, 2008, final judgment in the case, in which she found that each claim Williams asserted in an effort to have his conviction and death sentence thrown out lacked merit, and dismissed the case.
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Williams was convicted of Boren's death and sentenced to execution in 2000. The filing claims Arkansas did not provide Williams a forum to litigate his claim that he is intellectually disabled and ineligible to be executed.
The footnote points out that in a motion in Williams" most recent federal case, Rosenzweig said he had accepted help from the federal defender's office in Pennsylvania because of his heavy caseload representing inmates with simultaneously set execution dates, but "after learning what the Pennsylvania office proposed to file on Williams's behalf, however, Rosenzweig could "not endorse the accuracy' of the pleadings and moved to withdraw in federal proceedings".
All four executions were among eight originally scheduled by Gov. Asa Hutchinson to be carried out over 11 days in April - a pace not seen in Arkansas since at least September 1913, according to Arkansas Department of Correction records.
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In 2005, Williams sent a letter to a local Arkansas paper where he confessed to killing Jerrell Jenkins on the same day as the cheerleader. During a chase in southern Missouri the next day, Williams crashed into a water-delivery truck, killing the driver, Michael Greenwood, before police captured him.
Genie says Williams drug her husband outside and shot him six times near their garden.
The letter from EU Ambassador to the U.S. David O'Sullivan was delivered Wednesday to the governor's office.
Lethal injection traditionally required a three-drug cocktail: The first (sodium thiopental or pentobarbital) put the prisoner to sleep; the second (pancuronium bromide) brought on paralysis; and the final agent (potassium chloride) stopped the heart.
Arkansas carries out death sentences for two more inmates through lethal injection, marking the country's first double execution in almost 17 years.
Kenneth Williams, 38, is set to die for killing a former deputy warden following an escape. He had escaped from the Cummins Unit where the execution chamber is located in another part of the facility_less than three weeks into a life prison term for killing University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff cheerleader Dominique Hurd in 1998.
If Williams is put to death, it would be the fourth execution for Arkansas since April 20.
The state justifies its aggressive schedule by saying that one of the drugs used in lethal injections, midazolam, expires at the end of April.