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A witness recalls

As the US state of Arkansas prepares to execute eight men sitting in its jails on death row, it is struggling to find the requisite six independent volunteers willing to watch the men die. That’s a total of 42 witnesses, although it seems they can double up and watch all seven if they like.

One person who has been a witness previously on four occasions is Frank Weiland, 77, who works in a brass factory in – where else? – Lynchburg, Virginia.

Frank told the BBC about one occasion, when he attended the execution of Brandon Hedrick in 2006.

Hedrick chose the electric chair over lethal injection. According to Frank, the “only thing that told you he was getting it was the way his legs smoked a little bit”.

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