The first federal execution in the United States in 17 years took place

Steph Deschamps / July 15, 2020

The first federal execution in the United States in 17 years took place

 

A former white supremacist, sentenced to death for a triple murder, was executed Tuesday during the first federal execution in 17 years in the United States, announced the United States Department of Justice.

 

Daniel Lee died at 8:07 a.m. (2:07 p.m. HB) of a lethal injection at Terre Haute prison in Indiana, the ministry said in a statement sent to AFP.

 

"You are killing an innocent man," said the man before he died, according to an Indianapolis Star reporter who attended the execution.

 

He was convicted in 1999 of the murder of a couple and their 8-year-old girl in Arkansas during a robbery intended to finance a supremacist group.

 

Daniel Lee, 47, was due to be executed on Monday, but last-minute legal proceedings delayed the proceedings.

 

In the night, the Supreme Court gave the green light to the federal authorities for this execution, the first since 2003, under the impulse of the government of Donald Trump who claims an reinforced use of this sanction

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