LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Mike Beebe on Wednesday appointed a Little Rock lawyer as a special associate justice to the Arkansas Supreme Court to hear a lawsuit challenging the state's execution procedures.

LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Mike Beebe on Wednesday appointed a Little Rock lawyer as a special associate justice to the Arkansas Supreme Court to hear a lawsuit challenging the state’s execution procedures.

Byron Freeland will replace Justice Donald L. Corbin, who has disqualified himself from the case.

The state Department of Correction asked the high court last year to quickly review the lawsuit, filed by condemned killer Jack Harold Jones Jr. and nine other other death-row inmates.

Six of the 10, including Jones, have had their executions stayed as the result of the pending litigation. The state has not executed anyone since 2009.

The lawsuit challenged a 2009 state law that changed the state’s execution procedures. The case is 11-1128, Ray Hobbs, Director, Arkansas Department of Correction et al. v. Jack Harold Jones et al.

The governor also appointed 22 people to state boards and commissions Wednesday. Area residents include:

• Greg Ashcraft of Sheridan reappointed to the Arkansas Lifeline Individual Verification Effort Corporation. His appointment expires March 1, 2015.

• Rep. Shelia Lampkin, D-Monticello, to the Southern Regional Education Board Legislative Advisory Council. The appointee serves at the will of the governor.

• Edith Totty of Fordyce replaces Gerald Totty as Dallas County Justice of the Peace for District #3. The appointment expires Dec. 31.