Ledell Lee was sentenced for killing his neighbor Debra Reese with a tire iron.
In Arkansas Ladelle executed If convicted of killing his neighbor Debra Reese with a tire iron. The sentence was executed immediately after the verdict to the state Supreme court overturned a previous ruling that blocked the use of lethal injection.
Initially, the state government has planned to execute eight people for 11 days due to the fact that of a substance for lethal injection were expired. However, this was prevented by the defenders. The end of the month in the state executed four more prisoners. The last time the death penalty in Arkansas was used 12 years ago.
A few hours before the execution, the Supreme court of Arkansas overturned a ban on the use of one component of a lethal injection of midazolam for death penalty. The ban was imposed by the lower authority.
The decision of the Supreme court of the state again to allow the use of injection for executions has completed a series of legal battles that began when it became known about plans of the authorities to execute prisoners for 11 days.
The authorities planned to carry out a series of executions until April 30, when it was supposed to end the period of implementation of midazolam, a substance that is part of the lethal injection.
This decision caused a wave of protests from human rights activists. They were joined by American celebrities, including actor johnny Depp.
Some of the death sentences challenged in the end three of them were cancelled, and the action of another suspended sentence.
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