Executions have been on hold in Arkansas because of a lack of lethal injection drugs.
U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker will begin considering both sides’ arguments soon and will eventually issue a written order in the case.
A federal trial over Arkansas’ use of a sedative in lethal injections is wrapping up in Little Rock following testimony from the state’s prisons director.
Department of Correction Director Wendy Kelley testified Wednesday about her role overseeing four executions that occurred over a two-week span in 2017. Witnesses have testified that inmate Kenneth Williams lurched and convulsed during his execution. But Kelley said Wednesday that while the movement was “startling” and unexpected, he didn’t appear to be in pain.