Just last week, 71-year-old Henry Montgomery found out he would spend yet another Christmas behind bars in Louisiana. He has spent more than 50 Christmases there, but he thought this year might be different. The parole board was set to hear his case for release, but on the day of the hearing, the board delayed it.
Updated Monday, April 24, 2017, 11:42 p.m. EDT: The state of Arkansas has executed Marcel Williams for the 1994 rape, beating and murder of Stacy Errickson. He was the second death row inmate to be put to death Monday night as part of the first double execution in the U.S. since 2000.
The state of Arkansas is on a mission to complete eight executions over a period of 10 days during the month of April in order to beat the clock on the expiration date for one of the three drugs involved in its lethal-injection protocol.