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Arkansas execution recap and what lies ahead of Monday's scheduled executions

While the attorney general is touting that justice has finally been served for the victim’s family, obstacles for the next set of executions scheduled lie ahead.

For the first time in 12 years, the Arkansas Department of Correction carried out an execution on Thursday night. It was one of four scheduled for this week, four more are set for next week.

KATV’s Marine Glisovic was one of three media witnesses to Ledell Lee’s execution.

It took a total of 11 minutes for Lee to be executed from the time the first injection started at 11:45 p.m., to when the coroner pronounced him dead at 11:56 p.m. It appeared peaceful, and within just minutes Lee’s eyes closed, similar to one falling asleep. Click here for a live witness account to Thursday night’s execution.

While the family of Debra Reese, the victim, declined to comment last night, the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office did hear from them.

"We have heard from the family and they're grateful for our efforts and at peace and one of sons...her son joe expressed that...he was at peace and that his mom was hopefully at peace now and that's why we fight so hard to stand true that justice is carried out and that the sentence given to him by the jury is carried out,” said AG Leslie Rutledge.

While the attorney general is touting that justice has finally been served for the victim’s family, obstacles for the next set of executions scheduled lie ahead.

"As of this point right now, there are no stays in place for either Marcel Williams or Jack Jones moving forward to the executions set for Monday night,” said Rutledge. “There are court cases, we are responding to those cases as they're being filed or as hearings are being conducted, we are firing on all cylinders at the attorney general's office and will continue to do so to ensure that this families, these victims...justice again is carried out."

On Friday, ADC spokesman Solomon Graves confirmed to KATV, Debra Reese’s family watched the execution in a separate area on prison grounds via a closed-circuit feed.

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