Arkansas! Executing the black murderers that other states won’t execute. The world is a little safer now that two time murderer Kenneth Williams has left it.
VARNER, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas executed its fourth inmate in eight days Thursday night, wrapping up an accelerated schedule of lethal injections that was set to beat the expiration date of one of the drugs.
Kenneth Williams, 38, was pronounced dead at 11:05 p.m., 13 minutes after the execution began at the Cummins Unit prison at Varner. A prison spokesman said Williams shook for approximately 10 seconds, about three minutes into the lethal injection.
An Associated Press reporter who witnessed the execution said Williams lurched and convulsed several times during the execution.
“I extend my sincerest of apologies to the families I have senselessly wronged and deprived of their loved ones,” Williams said in a final statement he read from the death chamber. “… I was more than wrong. The crimes I perpetrated against you all was senseless, extremely hurtful and inexcusable.” Williams also spoke in tongues during his last statement.
Williams was sentenced to death for killing a former deputy warden after he escaped from prison in 1999. At the time of his escape in a 500-gallon barrel of hog slop, Williams was less than three weeks into a life term for the death of a college cheerleader.
Arkansas had scheduled eight executions over an 11-day period before one of its lethal injection drugs expires on Sunday. That would have been the most in such a compressed period since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, but courts issued stays for four of the inmates.
Who says the death penalty doesn’t work? Kenneth Williams won’t be killing a warden, another prisoner, or anybody else.