• Arkansas executions: Last meals and final words

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    Two Arkansas death row inmates were executed Monday night. 

    Jack Jones, Jr. and Marcel Williams were both executed by lethal injection. 

    Williams was convicted of two counts of kidnapping, capital murder, rape, aggravated robbery, and theft. All charges stemmed from crimes committed between 1995 and 1996. 

    Jones was convicted of capital murder, rape, and criminal attempted murder in 1996. 

    The following timelines detail the inmates' final hours, last meals, and last words. 


    Marcel Wayne Williams 


    1. Internal Affairs arrives and starts log at: 2:16 p.m. 

    2. Condemned begins last meal at 3:16 p.m. 

    Last meal consisted of: Three pieces of fried chicken breast, fried potato wedges and ketchup, nacho chips with chili and cheese sauce, jalapenos, banana pudding, ice cream, and two Mountain Dews

    3. Condemned finishes last meal at: 4:15 p.m. 

    Portions consumed: All of the above

    4. Condemned begins shower at: N/A

    5. Condemned finishes shower at: N/A

    6. Condemned dresses in clean whites: 

    Start: 7:25 p.m. 

    Finish: 7:26 p.m. 

    7. Escort Team arrives the second time (following the stay being lifted) at: 9:26 p.m. 

    8. Condemned removed from quiet cell the second time (following the stay being lifted) at 9:27 p.m. 

    9. Arrival of condemned in Chamber at: 9:27 p.m. 

    10: Condemned is restrained: 

    Start: 9:28 p.m. 

    Finish: 9:30 p.m. 

    11. Intravenous catheters inserted at: 

    Start: 9:35 p.m. 

    Finish: 10:15 p.m. 

    12. Escort Team exits Chamber at: 9:30 p.m. 

    13. Witnesses enter Viewing Room the second time (following the stay being lifted) at: 9:30 p.m. 

    14. Chamber and Viewing Room doors locked the second time (following the stay being lifted) at: 9:32 p.m.

    15. Director places two telephone calls: 10:15 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.

    16. Curtains to Viewing Room opened at: 10:16 p.m.

    17. The Director asked the condemned for his last words at: 10:16 p.m.

    STATEMENT: Williams shook his head no.

    18. Warden advises the officials are ready to proceed with the execution at: 10:16 p.m. 

    19. Chemicals administered at: 10:16 p.m. 

    20. Absence of respiration and pulse assessed at: 10:31 p.m. 

    21. Warden summons the coroner at: 10:32 p.m. 

    22. Coroner enters the Chamber at: 10:32 p.m. 

    23. Coroner pronounces death at: 10:33 p.m. 

    24. The Director reads essential portion of Court's Order at: 10:33 p.m. 

    25. Curtains of Viewing Room are closed at: 10:33 p.m. 

    26. Witnesses exit the Viewing Room at: 10:37 p.m. 

    27. Body departs Chamber at: 10:43 p.m. 

    REMARKS: Williams stated that he was fine staying in place following the stay at 8:13 p.m. Williams was removed from chamber and returned to quiet cell following his request to use the restroom at 8:48 p.m. 


    Jack Jones, Jr.


    1. Internal Affairs arrives and starts log at: 2:16 p.m. 

    2. Condemned begins last meal at 4:45 p.m. 

    Last meal consisted of: Three chicken breasts, potato logs, sliced cheese, beef jerky, three butterfinger candy bars, tarter sauce, two cups of punch, and a chocolate shake with butterfinger crunch

    3. Condemned finishes last meal at: 5:59 p.m. 

    Portions consumed: Potato logs, tarter sauce, chocolate shake with butterfinger crunch

    4. Condemned begins shower at: N/A

    5. Condemned finishes shower at: N/A

    6. Condemned dresses in clean whites: 

    Start: 6:16 p.m. 

    Finish: 6:38 p.m. 

    7. Escort Team arrives at: 6:39 p.m. 

    8. Condemned removed from quiet cell at 6:44 p.m. 

    9. Arrival of condemned in Chamber at: 6:44 p.m. 

    10: Condemned is restrained: 

    Start: 6:46 p.m. 

    Finish: 6:50 p.m. 

    11. Intravenous catheters inserted at: 

    Start: 6:51 p.m. 

    Finish: 6:59 p.m. 

    12. Escort Team exits Chamber at: 6:50 p.m. 

    13. Witnesses enter Viewing Room at: 6:50 p.m. 

    14. Chamber and Viewing Room doors locked at: 7:03 p.m. 

    15. Director places two telephone calls: 7 p.m. and 7 p.m. 

    16. Curtains to Viewing Room opened at: 7:03 p.m. 

    17. The Director asked the condemned for his last words at: 7:03 p.m. 

    STATEMENT: Well, I just want to let the James family and Lacey how sorry I am. I can't believe I did something to her. I tried to be respectful from the time I took and become a better person. I hope I did better. I hope over time you could learn who I really am from my family and friends. I am not a monster. There was a reason why those things happened that day. I am so sorry Lacey. Try to understand, I love you like my child.

    18. Warden advises the officials are ready to proceed with the execution at: 7:06 p.m. 

    19. Chemicals administered at: 7:06 p.m. 

    20. Absence of respiration and pulse assessed at: 7:18 p.m. 

    21. Warden summons the coroner at: 7:19 p.m. 

    22. Coroner enters the Chamber at: 7:19 p.m. 

    23. Coroner pronounces death at: 7:20 p.m. 

    24. The Director reads essential portion of Court's Order at: 7:20 p.m. 

    25. Curtains of Viewing Room are closed at: 7:20 p.m. 

    26. Witnesses exit the Viewing Room at: 7:20 p.m. 

    27. Body departs Chamber at: 7:30 p.m. 

    REMARKS: Apologized to Director and Executioner after chemicals were administered 

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