Daniel Lewis Lee, the first prisoner to be executed in a 17-year federal prison, declared his innocence in his last words, according to a local newspaper that was being executed.
“I did not” Lee said just before he was executed, according to the newspaper. Indianapolis Star. “I’ve made many mistakes in my life, but I’m not a killer … They kill an innocent man. “
The United States carried out the first federal execution since 2003 on Tuesday. after the Supreme Court approved the procedure, reported the Ministry of Justice.
“Daniel Lewis Lee was executed by lethal injection,” reported the prison in the city of Terre Haute, Indiana, where the convict was.
Leeward, who was a white supremacist, was sentenced to death for the murder of William Mueller in 1999, an arms dealer, his wife, Nancy, and their eight-year-old daughter, Sarah Powell. After stealing and shooting victims with an electric gun, Lee covered his head with plastic bags, sealed the bags with duct tape and threw the family into an Illinois swamp. He was sentenced to death on May 4, 1999 by a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas.
IN THE U.S Most crimes are tried at the state level, but federal justice can handle the most serious crimes (terrorist attacks, racist crimes) or committed on military bases.
The execution of Lee, who was declared dead at 8:07 a.m., finished after a series of legal choices that ended when the United States Supreme Court arrested early on Tuesday in a judgment in 5-4 and allowed to continue and revoke a suspension previously handed down by a judge of first instance.
The decision to continue with the execution generated strong scrutiny from civil rights groups and the relatives of Lee’s victims themselves, They filed a lawsuit to try to stop her, citing fears of the coronavirus.
They claimed it Lee deserved a life sentence for not being executed. They stressed that Lee’s co – defenders and the group’s alleged ringleader, Chevie Kehoe, he was imprisoned for life.
Critics claimed that the government created an unnecessary urgency, for political gain, before the November elections.
Two other executions are planned for this week: Wesley Ira Purkey on Wednesday and Dustin Lee Honken on Friday. A fourth person, Keith Dwayne Nelson, will be executed in August.
The President’s Government, Donald Trump announced in July 2019 that the federal administration will use the death penalty againending the moratorium in force since 2003.
Support for the death penalty has disappeared among Americans, according to surveys but It is still strong among Republican voters, of whom 77% prefer such a punishment for murderers.
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