Fed­eral in­mate pleads in­no­cence at ex­e­cu­tion

Merced Sun-Star - - News -

The fed­eral gov­ern­ment on Tues­day car­ried out its first ex­e­cu­tion since 2003, killing by lethal in­jec­tion a man con­victed of mur­der­ing an Arkansas fam­ily in a 1990s plot to build a whites-only na­tion in the Pa­cific North­west.

The ex­e­cu­tion of Daniel Lewis Lee came over the ob­jec­tion of the vic­tims’ rel­a­tives and af­ter days of le­gal wran­gling.

Lee, 47, of Yukon, Ok­la­homa, pro­fessed his in­no­cence just be­fore he was ex­e­cuted at the fed­eral prison in Terre Haute, In­di­ana. “I didn’t do it,” Lee said. “I’ve made a lot of mis­takes in my life, but I’m not a mur­derer.”

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