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Arkansas carries out 1 execution; at 11:56 p.m., drugs end Lee’s life

By Eric Besson , John Moritz , Aziza Musa

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

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Suzanne Ritchie and other members of the Arkansas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty hold a vigil Thursday night outside the Governor’s Mansion in Little Rock in opposition to the scheduled execution of Ledell Lee. Ritchie said she taught Marcel Williams, who is scheduled to be executed Monday, in junior high school.

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Arkansas Department of Correction spokesman Solomon Graves (left) walks back into the media center at the Cummins Unit after getting an update on the ...

Randy Garner protests Thursday evening outside the Cummins Unit with (from left) Judy Robinson-Johnson, wife of death-row inmate Stacey Johnson, her d...

Loretta Rech (second from left), her daughter Sarah and husband, Bill, join a candlelight vigil Thursday evening outside the Governor’s Mansion with m...

Arkansas killed a prisoner Thursday night for the first time in more than 11 years after the state high court spared another death-row inmate's life.

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Arkansas Department of Correction spokesman Solomon Graves (left) walks back into the media center at the Cummins Unit after getting an update on the ...

Randy Garner protests Thursday evening outside the Cummins Unit with (from left) Judy Robinson-Johnson, wife of death-row inmate Stacey Johnson, her d...

Loretta Rech (second from left), her daughter Sarah and husband, Bill, join a candlelight vigil Thursday evening outside the Governor’s Mansion with m...

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WGT says... April 21, 2017 at 7:11 a.m.

Whether in death or life, Lee would not have acted again. Rutledge and Hutchinson are as unconscionable in their action as is Lee. Sad, pathetic.

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AGG says... April 21, 2017 at 7:42 a.m.

Stop and think about what you just posted. Hutchinson and Rutledge just as unconscionable as Lee? It's truly sad that lives were ended on all sides. It's terrible that at least two women were murdrered and the lives of other ladies were ruined forever by Lee's actions. It's unconscionable that Lee's life got to the point where he would commit these crimes. It's sad he as able to evade justice for as long as ihe did. A message was sent to the world last night that was long overdue: don't rape and murder women in Arkansas.

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drs01 says... April 21, 2017 at 7:54 a.m.

ONE LESS MOUTH TO FEED.....praise the Lord and pass the biscuits. One down and 7 to go.

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AuntPetunia says... April 21, 2017 at 8:03 a.m.

Those officials were upholding the LAW. If you want to abolish the death penalty, then petition the legislature to change the LAW. I can't remember if/when that has ever been proposed.

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Jfish says... April 21, 2017 at 8:19 a.m.

Right WGT, I bet you would have a different opinion if you were able to see the victims' bodies after a heinous murder.

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Whippersnapper says... April 21, 2017 at 8:56 a.m.

WGT, you say "Whether in death or life, Lee would not have acted again."
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The truth is that there have been numerous convicted murderers who murder more people in prison and several who have escaped and committed murders and other atrocities while free. There have even been numerous convicted murderers who are released "for good behavior" who then turn around and commit more murders. Your statement is woefully uninformed.
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Here's a story about one of our wonderful death row inmates who taunted the victim's family when he was sentenced to life in prison instead of death for his original murder, escaped, killed someone else in the process, and was then sentenced to death. Of course, platitudes like yours about someone in prison never acting again must be true, so this story can't be right, right?
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articles.chicagotribune. com/1999-10-05/news/9910050178_1_escaped-pickup-truck-cummins-unit

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Nodmcm says... April 21, 2017 at 9:23 a.m.

I guess that all Arkansans woke up today feeling so much safer now that Lee has been executed. Isn't it great that there will now be no more murders in Arkansas because we are using the death penalty again. Please remember that the murder rates are higher in states that have the death penalty.

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GeneralMac says... April 21, 2017 at 9:46 a.m.

Nodmcm............Will all murders in Arkansas stop ?
No!

But Lee will never murder again.

I,too , am apposed to the death penalty but I agree with Aunt Petunia that you either carry out the law or change the law.

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TravisBickle says... April 21, 2017 at 9:47 a.m.

Get-r-done!

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titleist10 says... April 21, 2017 at 10 a.m.

The headline says Ark "killed"an inmate he wasEXECUTED after being found guilty by 12of his peers -this is justice being carried out the murderer has no one to blame but himself he made the choice to take a life

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