It is the second time in seven years Davis has come within hours of execution before the courts intervened.
Arkansas had planned to execute eight inmates before the end of April, when one of its lethal injection drugs expires.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson said in a statement he was disappointed by the Supreme Court’s decision. But the Republican governor said he was heartened by other court rulings earlier Monday that could pave the way for the state to execute several more inmates before the end of the month.
“While this has been an exhausting day for all involved, tomorrow we will continue to fight back on last minute appeals and efforts to block justice for the victims' families,” Hutchinson said.
Rutledge noted that there are five upcoming executions "with nothing preventing them from occurring."
Earlier, the Arkansas Supreme Court granted stays for Davis and Bruce Ward.
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