Arkansas executes Ledell Lee

LINCOLN COUNTY, AR - The state of Arkansas executed death row inmate Ledell Lee late Thursday.

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear five last-minute appeals by Lee's attorneys to stay his execution, which began at 11:44 p.m.

Lee was pronounced dead at 11:56 p.m., Arkansas Department of Correction Director Wendy Kelly said.

Lee was sentenced to death in October 1995 in Pulaski County, Arkansas, for the murder of 26-year-old Debra Reese.

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge released a statement following the execution by lethal injection of inmate Ledell Lee.

 “Tonight the lawful sentence of a jury which has been upheld by the courts through decades of challenges has been carried out. The family of the late Debra Reese, who was brutally murdered with a tire thumper after being targeted because she was home alone, has waited more than 24 years to see justice done. I pray this lawful execution helps bring closure for the Reese family.”

The Arkansas Supreme Court also denied Thursday afternoon Attorney General Leslie Rutledge's request for reconsideration on the stay that was granted for Stacey Johnson. As of now Johnson will not be executed.


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