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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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Packman says... April 21, 2017 at 10:07 a.m.

WGT just equated the criminal actions of a person beating, torturing, strangling, and killing a fellow human being who did nothing to bring on their death with the lawful actions of duly elected officials. Moron. F'ing moron.
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Hey nodmcm - BFD. What would the murder rates be in those states without the death penalty? Your statement is ignorant of factors that contribute to the murder rate.

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drs01 says... April 21, 2017 at 10:32 a.m.

To all the peachers, lawyers, judges, and otherwise do-gooders who are upset with this execution, I suggest you read what these death row inmates did to deserve being there. The real inhumane treatment in their cases is keeping them alive for as long as we have.
I agree that a death penalty sentence may not reduce the murder rates, but as Forrest Gump said "it's one less thing to worry about" when we do carry out the will of the people and the laws of this state and take one of these sorry bastards out.

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bsmindboggle says... April 21, 2017 at 10:34 a.m.

It actually was the first time that Arkansas killed a prisoner since last April, when Christopher Wilson was shot to death while trying to escape from the Varner Unit in Lincoln County. Prison guards are allowed to kill serious criminals trying to flee. Wilson was sentenced to life without parole in the beating deaths of neighbors in Faulkner County, a 26-year-old woman and her eight-month-old child.

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PopMom says... April 21, 2017 at 10:38 a.m.

Ledell Lee also was convicted of two other rapes in Jacksonville. In another murder and rape case, he received a hung jury. He also was the prime suspect in still another murder and rape case. While the DNA and the eyewitnesses could have been better, his shoe print matched one at the scene and he spent $100 bills taken from her wallet within an hour of the crime. While the innocence project and ACLU do excellent work in some cases, sometimes they just are throwing up legal barriers to prevent the death penalty.

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wildblueyonder says... April 21, 2017 at 11:11 a.m.

The picture of these so-called opponents of the death penalty seem aghast that an execution took place. If only they could have viewed the victims of such heinous crimes maybe they would change their minds. I agree that Arkansas did not KILL Lee, they executed him for his crimes. It's astounding that the ADG words things in that way! Of course, that's the liberal mindset so why should I think any other?

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haphog says... April 21, 2017 at 11:22 a.m.

Arkansas "killed"....... (BS);...."executed"....(good);...."exterminated"....(better) as in a rodent.

NEXT!!!!!!

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RBear says... April 21, 2017 at 11:38 a.m.

PM, I would suggest they are not throwing up legal barriers. I believe they are validating the evidence using more accurate means. When it comes to the life of someone, it's important to get it right rather than get it done. If you notice, when those tests validate a conviction, the Innocence Project stands down and let's justice take its course.
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Having spoken with someone wrongfully convicted and on death row, I know there is a helpless feeling when faced with a justice system more focused on executing someone rather than executing the right person. Too many people dismiss the possibility of error and create the hurdles.

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PopMom says... April 21, 2017 at 12:07 p.m.

GoHogs,

I know. They are more upset when the death penalty is carried out than when an innocent person is murdered.

RBear,

I believe that there are many innocent people out there who have been wrongly convicted. The Richard Glossip case in Oklahoma is very troubling, and he is on death row. People do not understand how flimsy witness ids are or how cops can screw up evidence. I am glad that Scotty Scott finally was found not guilty and that the West Memphis Three were freed. I also believe that Jeffrey McDonald is innocent. However, I am not seeing anything to suggest that Ledell Lee or any of these others awaiting the death penalty in Arkansas may be innocent. I respect those who disagree with me on the death penalty; I just don't agree.

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rtw says... April 21, 2017 at 12:09 p.m.

Listen RBear, and all you other bleeding heart liberal snowflakes, Ledell Lee’s violent history of violent rapes and murders, leave no doubt in my mind that the vermin needed to be exterminated.

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RBear says... April 21, 2017 at 1:04 p.m.

PM, not denying Lee was guilty and justice was served. My point is that I want all options exercised before someone is put to death. A killing is a killing regardless who performs it and if the state is the actor, it should be faultless. I ignore statements like rtw who couldn't think their way out of a paper bag when it comes to rational thoughts.

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