The final decision came after the appeal of the Justice department
, who opposed the blockade of federal executions established a few hours earlier by the federal judge in Washington Tanya chutkan
. The Supreme Court
it gave the go-ahead for the first federal execution since 2003, which puts an end to a de facto moratorium on detainees in federal prisons. The judges voted to allow the killing of Daniel Lewis Lee
, sentenced locked up on death row a High ground
, in Indiana
, found guilty of killing an arms dealer, the wife
and her eight year old daughter in 1996 in Arkansas
. The man was killed on Tuesday morning, and declared at 8.07 local time (14.07 in Italy).
“I made a lot of mistakes in my life, but I’m not a murderer, you’re killing an innocent man,” said Lee shortly before he died. His execution took place after a series of legal battles which ended with the go – ahead Supreme Court. The relatives of the victims had in fact expressed themselves against the death sentence and had asked for their suspension due to the pandemic of Covid-19 which made it difficult for them to move around to watch the execution and distance themselves. “For us it is about being there and saying: this is not being done in our name; we don’t want it, ”explained one of the relatives, Monica Veillette, stressing that they would have preferred life imprisonment for the man, a penalty that had been established for his accomplice Chevie Kehoe.
Kehoe, of Colville, WashingtonLee recruited in 1995 to join his white supremacist organization, known as Republic of Aryan Peoples. Two years later they were arrested for killing the arms dealer William Mueller, his wife Nancy and her 8 year old daughter, Sarah Powell, a Tilly, Arkansas, about 120 kilometers northwest of Little Rock. Two more executions are scheduled this week, those of Wesley Ira Purkey Wednesday and Dustin Lee Honken Friday. Of a fourth man, Keith Dwayne Nelson, killing is expected in August.
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