For the first time in 17 years, the U.S. authorities have executed a federally convicted felon. This was reported on Tuesday, July 14, the channel CNN.
Daniel Lewis Lee was charged with the murder of three people. He was executed by lethal injection at a prison in Terre Hott, Indiana.
“I did not do it. I made a lot of mistakes in my life, but I’m not a killer. You’re killing an innocent man,” Lee’s last words are in the report.
Lawyer Lee Ruth Friedman said the government should be ashamed of what they saw fit to carry out an execution during the coronavirus pandemic. The Supreme Court rejected the appeal to postpone the execution of this sentence.
“The Government finally carried out this execution in a hurry, in the middle of the night when the country was asleep. We hope the country will be as outraged as we were when it woke up,” Friedman said.
Lee’s execution has been rescheduled more than once. In particular, on July 10, a U.S. federal judge suspended the resumption of the death penalty because of an appeal to the court by relatives of the victims, who, planning to attend the execution of the sentence, were afraid of contracting the coronavirus.
The last time that U.S. federal authorities carried out executions was in 2003. Since then, there has been an unofficial moratorium, with capital punishment applied at the state level.
Currently, there are about 60 people in U.S. federal prisons sentenced to death for particularly serious crimes.