13 July 2020 10:38

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Daniel Lewis Lee: First US federal execution to go ahead in almost 20 years

Image copyright AFP Image caption Lee killed a family of three before dumping their bodies in a lake The first federal execution in the United States for more than 17 years is set to go ahead in Indiana on Monday following a ruling by an appeal court. Daniel Lewis Lee and an accomplice were convicted of killing three members of the same family in 1996. Some of the victims' relatives oppose his execution and sought to have it delayed, saying attending it could expose them to coronavirus. But the ruling means the execution by lethal injection will now proceed. The appeal court overturned a decision by a lower court that put the execution of 47-year-old Lee on hold, saying no federal statute or regulation gave the victims the right to attend the execution.

In its ruling, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals said the family's claim "lacks any arguable legal basis and is therefore frivolous". The relatives are going to appeal to the Supreme Court. It will have to act before 16:00 Monday local time (20:00 GMT) to stop the execution, the New York Times reports. Lee, who tortured and killed a family of three before dumping their bodies in a lake, had originally been scheduled for execution in December. His case was delayed after the courts blocked the death sentence from being carried out.

Earlene Peterson, 81, whose daughter, granddaughter and son-in-law were killed by Lee, has opposed the execution. "Yes, Daniel Lee damaged my life, but I can't believe taking his life is going to change any of that," Mrs Peterson said in a video statement last year. Lee's planned execution is one of four that had been scheduled for July and August. The Trump administration said it would resume federal executions after a long hiatus last year. In a statement at the time, Attorney General William Barr said: "Under administrations of both parties, the Department of Justice has sought the death penalty against the worst criminals.

"The Justice Department upholds the rule of law - and we owe it to the victims and their families to carry forward the sentence imposed by our justice system." The last inmate executed by the federal death penalty was Louis Jones Jr, a 53-year-old Gulf War veteran who murdered 19-year-old soldier Tracie Joy McBride. Federal and state executions - what's the difference? Under the US justice system, crimes can be tried either in federal courts - at a national level - or state courts, at a regional level. Certain crimes, such as counterfeiting currency or mail theft, are automatically tried at a federal level, as are cases in which the United States is a party or those which involve constitutional violations. Others can be tried in federal courts based on the severity of the crimes.

The death penalty was outlawed at state and federal level by a 1972 Supreme Court decision that cancelled all existing death penalty statutes. A 1976 Supreme Court decision allowed states to reinstate the death penalty and in 1988 the government passed legislation that made it available again at a federal level. According to data collected by the Death Penalty Information Center, 78 people were sentenced to death in federal cases between 1988 and 2018 but only three have since been executed. There are 62 inmates currently on federal death row. THE first federal execution in the US for more than 17 years is set to go ahead in Indiana today (Monday, July 13).

The execution of convicted murderer Daniel Lewis Lee had been blocked after victims said they feared they would catch Covid-19 if they attended. 3 Daniel Lewis Lee's death sentence will be the first federal execution in the US for 17 years Who is Daniel Lewis Lee? Daniel Lewis Lee, 47, is a self-proclaimed white supremacist from Yukon, Olklahoma. According to court documents, Lee also went by the name of Daniel Lewis Graham, D L Graham, and Danny Lee. Lee received the death sentence for the killings. 3 Daniel Lewis Lee will receive lethal injection at 4pm local time on Monday, July 13 Lee was convicted for murdering William Frederick Mueller, his wife Nancy Ann Mueller and his 8-year-old stepdaughter, Sarah Elizabeth Powell in Arkansas. It came after his accomplice Chevie Kehoe had burgled the family home in 1995 in order to steal a large collection of guns, ammunition and money. On May 4, 1999, a jury in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas found Lee guilty of numerous offences. They included three counts of murder in aid of racketeering, and he was sentenced to death. He has remained on death row since - and his punishment will be the first federal state execution to take place since 2003. Lee will be executed by lethal injection at 4pm local time on Monday, July 13. 3 A police mugshot of Daniel Lewis Lee taken on December 6, 2019 Credit: AFP The Muellers were a family of Jewish descent that lived in Searcy County in Arkansas. Lewis then threw the bodies of the family of three into the Illinois bayou. What happened to Daniel Lewis Lee's accomplice Chevie Kehoe? On February 20, 1998, Kehoe pleaded guilty to felonious assault, attempted murder, and carrying a concealed weapon related to a February 15, 1997, shootout in Wilmington, Ohio, with an Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper during a traffic stop. In 1999, Kehoe was convicted in federal court of the January 1996 murders of the Mueller family. The first federal execution in the US for more than 17 years is set to go ahead on Monday following a ruling by an appeal court. Daniel Lewis Lee, of Yukon, Oklahoma, is scheduled to die by lethal injection at 4pm (8pm GMT) on Monday at a prison in Indiana. He was convicted in Arkansas of the 1996 killings of gun dealer William Mueller, his wife, Nancy, and her eight-year-old daughter, Sarah Powell. The victim's family had previously got a delay on the execution arguing that they would have to take part in high risk travel to attend during the pandemic, but a federal appeals court lifted the injunction on Sunday. The family had vowed to appeal to the Supreme Court. The decision to move forward with the execution – and two others scheduled later in the week – during a global health pandemic which has ravaged the country's prisons has drawn scrutiny from civil rights groups and the family of Lee's victims. The first federal execution in the United States in 17 years is scheduled to take place on July 13 after an appeals court overturned a hold on the death penalty by a lower court. According to reports, a white-supremacist Daniel Lewis Lee, who killed a family of three in 1996 was given a death penalty by the federal court, which is supposed to take place at the US Department of Justice's execution chamber in Indiana despite some relatives of the victims opposed his death sentence. The last federal execution occurred in 2003 that was carried out by lethal injection. Read: Can't Award Death Penalty Retrospectively For Crime Committed Prior To Provision In Law: SC Daniel Lewis Lee's execution was originally scheduled to take place in December last year but was delayed after courts blocked executions from being carried out. Then Lee's execution was supposed to take place on July 10 but was stayed again after relatives of the victims sued court saying that them attending the execution could expose them to coronavirus. According to the US Death Penalty Information Center, about 60 prisoners are on the federal death row, most of whom are being tried for crimes against children. Read: Saudi Arabia Ends Death Penalty For Minors And Floggings In the US judiciary system, federal courts are national-level courts that can hear certain types of cases or cases based on the severity of the crimes or involving citizens of different states or cases in which the United States is a party, while the state courts are regional-level courts and can only hear cases involving citizens and laws of their state or city. The Supreme Court of the United States held the federal death penalty unconstitutional in 1972 but allowed states to retore it in 1976. However, the federal death penalty was not reinstated until 1998 and since then only three executions have been carried out, of the 78 people who were given the death sentence. Read: China Says Death Sentence For Australian Made By Independent Court Read: Airman May Face Death Penalty In California Cop Killing Daniel Lewis Lee was sentenced to death for his part in the murder of a family of three in 1996 The US is poised to execute its first federal inmate in 17 years. Daniel Lewis Lee, 47, is set to be put to death by lethal injection today, barring a last-minute stay, at Terre Haute prison in Indiana. A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that the Justice Department could continue the execution as intended. Lee's death sentence was handed down for his part in the murder of a family of three — William Frederick Mueller, Nancy Ann Mueller, and Sarah Powell, aged eight, — in Arkansas in 1996. Family members of Lee's victims had sued the Justice Department on the grounds that they could not safely travel to witness the execution because of the pandemic. The family would take their appeal "to the US Supreme