>> Eight convicted murderers on death row, the state of Arkansas wants to kill all of them over 11 days starting April 17th. Although one of the executions have been put on hold by a federal judge. Defense lawyers are asking for all the executions to be stopped, accusing the state of an unconstitutional rush to the death chamber.
Defense lawyer Jeff Rosenzweig represents three of the condemned men.>> Sort of reeks an assembly line, or as one of the newspapers here called it a killing spree.>> Midazolam has been used in flawed executions in states including Oklahoma and Arizona, where witnesses said inmates writhed in pain on death chamber gurneys.
>> It's a process that the justices of the Supreme Court described as being chemically burned at the stake. So the use of midazolam is an inappropriate drug under any circumstances, it carries an inherent risk of something going wrong.>> But finding an alternative has been difficult. Arkansas Governor, Asa Hutchinson, set the execution schedule, saying it's in the interest of justice for victims families, to hold as many executions as possible, while the state still has a supply of the drug.