Article by Arkansas Journal
Posted on April 21, 2017
Little Rock, Arkansas–Arkansas executes first death row inmate since 2005. Ledell Lee was executed by Arkansas after Late efforts by Lee’s attorneys for a stay of execution based on several claims were denied by the Arkansas Supreme Court. Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge issued a statement: “Tonight the lawful sentence of a jury which has been upheld by the courts through decades of challenges has been carried out. The family of the late Debra Reese, who was brutally murdered with a tire thumper after being targeted because she was home alone, has waited more than 24 years to see justice done. I pray this lawful execution helps bring closure for the Reese family.” The executions of Lee was part of what was originally an order by Gov. Asa Hutchinson to execute eight inmates between April 17 and April 27. According to ADC officials, Lee was pronounced dead at 11:56 p.m., following a three-drug lethal injection protocol. He declined to give a final statement. DNA linked Lee to the rapes and murders of Debra Reese and Christine Lewis.