First execution in Arkansas race to use up lethal injection drugs

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Convicted murderer Ledell Lee receives a lethal injection on the US state’s ‘conveyor belt of death’

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Friday, April 21, 2017 – 1:35pm

US state Arkansas has carried out its first execution in 12 years as it rushes to use up its supply of lethal injection drugs before they expire at the end of the month.

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Convicted murderer Ledell Lee, 51, was pronounced dead just before midnight on Thursday evening, 12 minutes after being injected.

He requested the holy communion as his last meal and declined to make any final statement.

Lee had spent more than 20 years on death row for the 1995 murder of Debra Reese and maintained his innocence.

BREAKING: Arkansas Carries Out Its First Execution In More Than A Decade. Ledell Lee’s time of death: 11:56p CT.

— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) April 21, 2017

The execution came after a frenzied day of appeals before the US Supreme Court finally ruled to allow Arkansas to proceed, hours before Lee’s death warrant was due to expire.

Lee was one of eight inmates the state is trying to execute over ten days – …read more

Source:: The Week – All news

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