DANIEL Lewis Lee was executed by lethal injection on Tuesday in connection with the murder of an Arkansas family.

It was the first federal execution in the US since 2003.


Here is more on the white supremacist from Yukon, Oklahoma.

What crimes did Daniel Lewis Lee commit?

Lee was one of two people convicted of killing gun dealer William Mueller, his wife, Nancy, and her eight-year-old daughter, Sarah Powell.

He was given the death penalty, but ringleader and co-defendant Chevie Kehoe was only hit with a life sentence.

Prosecutors said Lee and Kehoe incapacitated the Muellers at the family's home in Tilly, Arkansas, and questioned little Sarah about where they could find money and ammunition.

They used stun guns on the victims and sealed trash bags with duct tape on their heads to suffocate them.



The pair then taped rocks to the bodies and dumped them in a nearby bayou.

The triple murder took place in 1996, and Kehoe and Lee were arrested one year later.

What happened to Lee's eye and was he blind?

Lee was not blind, but he lost an eye in a fight.

Kehoe was spared the death penalty even though he was the mastermind and recruited Lee to join the Aryan Peoples’ Republic, a white supremacist organization.

He might have avoided the needle because he appeared more "clean cut" during their 1999 trial, according to CBS News.

Lee was missing an eye and had SS bolts and a triskelion tattooed on his neck.

Where did the execution take place?

Lee was given the lethal injection at a federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana.

He was pronounced dead at 8:07 am on July 14, 2020.

The execution was set to happen at 4 am, but a last-minute legal question was raised by his lawyers.

The Justice Department said it filed a request with the court to straighten it out but went through with the execution.

Lee breathed heavily before the drug was injected and moved his legs and feet.

As the drug was being administered, he raised his head to look around.

His chest was no longer moving a few moments later.

The execution was originally supposed to take place the day before, but was temporarily halted by a judge.

Why did relatives of his victims object to the execution?

The victims’ relatives argued they would be put at high risk for the coronavirus if they had to travel to Indiana to attend the execution.

The pandemic has killed more than 135,000 people in the US and is ravaging prisons all over the country.

Two other federal executions are scheduled for later this week, though one remains on hold.

Relatives of Lee's victims wanted to be present to counter any contention the execution was being done on their behalf.

“For us it is a matter of being there and saying, 'This is not being done in our name; we do not want this,’” said relative Monica Veillette.

What were Lee's last words?

“I didn’t do it," Lee said just before he was executed.

"I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life, but I’m not a murderer."

His final words were: "You’re killing an innocent man.”

Lee also criticized the court system for ignoring DNA evidence.

“I bear no responsibility for the deaths of the Mueller family,” he said, according to The Indianapolis Star.

Lee said he and Kehoe were not even in that part of the country when the murders took place.

 

 

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