Updated: Monday, April 24, 2017 8:30 pm EDT
Arkansa has executed Jack Jones. Read more here.
Updated: Monday, April 24, 2017 7:33 pm EDT
The Supreme Court of the United States has rejected a request to stay the execution of Jack Jones.
Updated: Monday, April 24, 2017 4:59 pm EDT
The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected a request to stay the execution of Jack Jones. He has appealed to the Supreme Court of the United States.
Updated: Monday, April 24, 2017 3:22 pm EDT
The Arkansas Supreme Court has rejected a request to stay the execution of Jack Harold Jones, Jr.
Updated: Monday, April 24, 2017 11:22 am EDT
Jack Harold Jones, Jr., is scheduled to be executed at 7 pm CDT, on Monday, April 24, 2017, at the Cummins Unit near Varner, Arkansas. Fifty-two-year-old Jack is convicted of the murder of 34-year-old Mary Phillips on June 6, 1995, in Bald Knob, Arkansas. Jack has spent the last 20 years of his life on Arkansas’ death row.
Jack had twice attempted to commit suicide and allegedly has been diagnosed with anti-social personality and bi-polar disorder. He had also been in a mental institution shortly before the murder of Mary Phillips. Jack had begun using illicit drugs at an early age. His father was an alcoholic and the his mother had a gambling problem.
On the afternoon of June 6, 1995, 11-year-old Lacy Phillips was dropped off at Automated Tax and Accounting Service in Bald, Knob, Arkansas, where her mother, Mary Phillips worked as a bookkeeper. Mary was planning to take her daughter to dentist appointment later that afternoon, before returning home. They never made it.
Before Lacy and her mother could leave, a black-haired male entered the business. The man, later identified as Jack Jones, had visited the business earlier that day and borrowed some books. When he returned, Jack claimed that he had been given the wrong books. He also apologized and said that was “going to have to rob them.”
Jones retrieved the cash out of the register before taking Lacy to the bathroom and tying her to a chair. Jones then left Lacy for a bit before returning. Lacy cried and asked Jones not to hurt her mother. Jones replied, “I’m not. I’m going to hurt you.”
Jones choked Lacy until she passed out. He then struck her at least eight times in the head with the barrel of a BB gun, causing multiple skull fractures with bone fragments penetrating into her brain.
Lacy woke up once and was surrounded by blood and vomit. She passed out again and woke to find police taking pictures of her, believing her to be dead. Mary had fought with Jones before he raped and killed her. Mary was found with the cord of a coffee pot wrapped around her neck and her wrists were bound by wire. She was killed by strangulation and blunt force trauma.
DNA testing in 2003, has also linked Jones to the murder of 32-year-old Lorraine Anne Barrett on June 1, 1991, in a Fort Lauderdale, Florida, motel. She had been killed by asphyxiation. A sketch of the suspect had also been made and matched Jones, along with the descriptions of his tattoos.
Jack Jones was scheduled to be executed on November 14, 2015. His execution was stayed, along with several others, by a judge with the Pulaski County Circuit Court. The execution was stayed due to legal challenges regarding the execution drugs.
Jack has stated that he will refuse clemency if granted to him. He went on to explain that he only signed a clemency petition to present "solidarity" with the other seven inmates sentenced to death and requesting clemency. Only one inmate has been recommended to receive clemency.
Arkansas had planned to executed eight men over a 10 day period, beginning on Monday, April 17, 2017. Prior to the executions scheduled for that day, numerous appeals were filed in multiple courts, leading to a confusing mess of legal rulings. The first two executions, scheduled for Monday, April 17, 2017, were eventually stayed by the Arkansas Supreme Court. On Thursday, April 20, 2017, Arkansas carried out its first execution, that of Ledell Lee. Ledell’s execution occurred after multiple appeals to the Supreme Court of the United States, including appeals from drug companies who did not want their drugs being used in executions. The Supreme Court eventually rejected all arguments and allowed Ledell’s execution to be carried out shortly before the execution warrant expired. The second execution scheduled for Thursday night, that of Stacey Johnson, was stayed to allow time for additional DNA testing.
Marcel Williams is also scheduled to be executed on Monday, April 24, 2017, in Arkansas. Jack is scheduled to be executed at 7 pm CDT, while Marcel is scheduled to be executed at 8:15 pm CDT.
Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Mary Phillips, including Lacy. Please pray for strength for the family of Jack. Please pray that if Jack is innocent, lacks the competency to be executed, or should not be executed for any other reason, evidence will be presented prior to his execution. Please pray that Jack may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.