Fri Apr 21, 2017, 02:05 AM
Juan Rico (17,745 posts)
Arkansas Puts Ledell Lee to Death, in Its First Execution Since 2005
(Ledell Lee in Pulaski County Circuit Court in Little Rock, Ark., on Tuesday.)
VARNER, Ark. — The State of Arkansas, dismissing criticism that it intended to rush too many prisoners to their deaths too quickly, on Thursday night carried out its first execution in more than a decade. Using a lethal injection drug that has been the subject of sharp constitutional debate, the state plans to execute three more men by the end of the month, before its supply of the chemical expires.
Ledell Lee, who was condemned to death for the murder of Debra Reese more than 20 years ago in a Little Rock suburb, died at 11:56 p.m. Central time at the Cummins Unit, a prison in southeast Arkansas, after the reprieves he had won in federal and state courts were overturned. He received injections of three drugs: midazolam, to render him unconscious; vecuronium bromide, to halt his breathing; and potassium chloride, to stop his heart.
State officials administered the lethal injection at 11:44 p.m., after Mr. Lee, who requested holy communion as his last meal, wordlessly declined to make a final statement. Sean Murphy, a reporter for The Associated Press who witnessed the execution, said Mr. Lee was not visibly uncomfortable as he was put to death. The prisoner, Mr. Murphy said, was not responsive when the authorities performed consciousness checks.
An evening of appeals kept Mr. Lee, 51, alive as his death warrant neared its midnight expiration. The United States Supreme Court, as well as a federal appeals court in St. Louis, issued temporary stays of execution while they considered his legal arguments. In Little Rock, the Arkansas capital, Gov. Asa Hutchinson monitored developments at the State Capitol.
(Excerpt, remainder of article at link)
"Rushing" the prisoner to his death, over twenty years after he murdered his victim.
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Fri Apr 21, 2017, 08:07 AM
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3. I'm glad that justice was finally served...
...albeit 20 years too late.
Why do executions in America have to be so complicated? Why the cocktail of chemicals that seem to be so hard to obtain and keep?
I think a shotgun blast to the back of the head would be instantaneous, more humane and definitely less expensive.
I really fail to see why this has to be so complex.