Arkansas Death Row Inmate Asks Court To Wait For One More Plea

Mar 22, 2018

Don Davis
Credit Department of Correction

An Arkansas death row inmate out of appeals at the state level wants another chance before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Don Davis on Wednesday asked the Arkansas Supreme Court to recall a day-old order ending his most recent appeal.

Davis intends to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to consider whether Arkansas' justices erred when they said he wasn't entitled to independent mental health experts before and during his trial. The U.S. Supreme Court considered a similar case last year.

Davis was among eight inmates scheduled to die last April before winning a stay. Arkansas ultimately executed four inmates.

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge's office said she would respond later.

Without court intervention, Arkansas would be free to set an execution date, though it currently doesn't have a full supply of execution drugs.