US carries out the 1st federal execution in nearly 2 decades

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Daniel Lewis Lee (Photo: KTHV 11)

TERRE HAUTE, IN (AP) — The U.S. has carried out the first federal execution in nearly two decades, putting to death a man who was convicted of killing an Arkansas family in the 1990s in a plot to build a whites-only nation in the Pacific Northwest.

Forty-seven-year-old Daniel Lewis Lee, of Yukon, Oklahoma, died Tuesday after receiving a lethal injection at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana.

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Lee said before his execution that he was innocent. His the first death row inmate to be executed since 2003.

Lee’s execution came over the objection of the victims’ family and following a series of legal challenges related to the raging coronavirus pandemic.