Twenty-seven years ago, Jane Daniel was shot to death execution-style. Don Davis murdered her after he robbed her home. Davis was originally sentenced to death in 1992 for the murder. He'll be put to death on April 17th, next month.
This will mark Arkansas’ first execution of a death row inmate since 2005 according to KNWA. And, it won’t be the last. According to UPI, Davis' execution will kick off a series of other executions at a rate of two per day for four days. That's eight total.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson's reasoning for ordering all the executions before May, according to UPI, seems to stem from the fact that that Arkansas' supply of midazolam - one of three drugs used in a lethal injection - expires at the end of April. The drug has been under scrutiny for directly contributing to botched executions.
Daniel’s daughter, Susan Taylor Khani maintains that Davis’ death will bring some closure after decades of suffering.
"I've been living with this for a long time,” Khani told KNWA. “It (his execution) was something that the state promised. I'm just ready for it to be over. I forgave him back when he was accused. But now I don't have to deal with this anymore. It'll be done and he won't be able to say my mom's name anymore.”
Khani said that Davis’ execution has been prolonged several times, believing that public opposition to the death penalty has been the cause of delay.
The executions are not without controversy, however.
"The Arkansas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty is outraged by ... plans to carry out eight executions within the span of ten days in April," the group said, according to UPI. "This planned mass execution is grotesque."
Attorneys for the men on death row have unsuccessfully appealed to state and federal courts seeking a stay of execution, according to UPI.
Even after all of these years, Khani hasn't changed her mind about Davis receiving the death penalty, after what he did to her mother.
"Her life was cut short. She never met my son. My son never had a grandmother. He (Davis) took that away from my mom and from me. He's a very cruel person. He needs to be put to death,” Khani told KNWA.
Khani feels lucky that she might get some closure from the execution.
"He was found guilty. The evidence was huge. A lot of families don't have the closure that I have," said Khani.
According to KNWA, she will attend the execution in April.
Jeff Rosenzweig, an attorney for the prisoners, told UPI, "The idea of killing that many people in that short a time period evokes an assembly line."
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