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Inmate declines last meal, receives communion

Inmate Ledell Lee is scheduled for execution at the Cummins Unit on Thursday night. (KATV Photo)

A state prison official says an Arkansas inmate set for execution Thursday night declined a last meal and instead received communion.

Inmate Ledell Lee is scheduled for execution at the Cummins Unit in southeast Arkansas. There are no stays blocking his execution, but he has several legal challenges pending.

Arkansas Department of Correction spokesman Solomon Graves says Lee received communion Thursday afternoon instead of having a last meal.

Arkansas had scheduled eight executions over an 11-day period before the end of April, when its supply of a lethal injection drug expires. The first three executions were canceled because of court decisions. Legal rulings have put at least one other in doubt.

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