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Pending Case: Bruce Ward, Arkansas, 04/17/17


Bruce Ward was sentenced to death in 1990 for the 1989 murder of Rebecca Doss.

Mr. Ward's execution was stayed on April 14, 2017 so that the court can investigate whether Mr. Ward is mentally competent to be executed.  In a statement, Mr. Ward's attorney Scott Braden noted, "Mr. Ward’s severe and life long schizophrenia and delusions, such as seeing demon dogs at the foot of his bed, have left him incompetent for execution under the constitutional standard: he has no rational understanding of the punishment he is slated to suffer or the reason why he is to suffer it. In fact, he does not believe he will ever be executed and believes he will walk out of prison a free man to great acclaim and riches. His nearly three decades in solitary confinement have only worsened his severe mental illness."


04-14-2017: Arkansas Supreme Court stays execution of Bruce Ward


  • Contact Gov. Asa Hutchinson and ask him to halt this execution: contact him via this link, by phone at (501) 682-2345, or through his Twitter account @AsaHutchinson.  If you prefer to send him a letter, here is the mailing address: Governor Asa Hutchinson, State Capitol Room 250, 500 Woodlane Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72201.
  • If you live in Arkansas, write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper.
  • Get involved with the Arkansas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty via this link.
  • Please share this information with your friends, especially those in Ohio, and ask them to help halt the execution of Mr. Ward by taking one of the actions listed above.

Please check back. We will be updating this page as more information about how you can help stop the execution of Mr. Ward becomes available.

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