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For Ledell Lee, fighting verdict to the end futile

Prosecutor: As serial rapist, killer, he deserved his death

By Eric Besson

This article was published April 21, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

Ledell Lee is shown at Pulaski County Circuit Court in this photo.

This photo of Debra Reese was taken shortly before she was murdered by Ledell Lee on Feb 9, 1993.

At a glance

THE INMATE

Ledell Lee

Age: 51

From: Jacksonville.

Sentenced: Oct. 16, 1995, in Pulaski County.

Police arrested Lee within hours of the 1993 beating death of Debra Reese, 26, in Jacksonville, after he was linked to the crime by eyewitness testimony from a neighbor. He maintains his innocence.

THE VICTIM

Debra Reese

Age: 26

Hometown: Jacksonville

How it happened: Reese was bludgeoned to death and strangled during a home invasion Feb. 9, 1993.

More than two decades after he was found guilty in the slaying of a Jacksonville woman, Ledell Lee died by lethal injection Thursday night amid his protestations of innocence and last-ditch efforts for court-ordered DNA tests.

This photo of Debra Reese was taken shortly before she was murdered by Ledell Lee on Feb 9, 1993.

At a glance

THE INMATE

Ledell Lee

Age: 51

From: Jacksonville.

Sentenced: Oct. 16, 1995, in Pulaski County.

Police arrested Lee within hours of the 1993 beating death of Debra Reese, 26, in Jacksonville, after he was linked to the crime by eyewitness testimony from a neighbor. He maintains his innocence.

THE VICTIM

Debra Reese

Age: 26

Hometown: Jacksonville

How it happened: Reese was bludgeoned to death and strangled during a home invasion Feb. 9, 1993.

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