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Lawsuit Bolsters Claims of Innocence by Arkansas Man Put to Death in 2017

HeadlineJan 24, 2020

In Arkansas, new evidence has emerged bolstering the claims of Ledell Lee, a condemned prisoner who was put to death in April 2017 even as he professed his innocence. A Freedom of Information lawsuit filed on behalf of Lee’s sister by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Innocence Project argues no physical evidence directly tied Lee to the 1993 murder for which he was convicted, and casts serious doubts on the claims of forensics experts who testified at the trial. Meanwhile, an attorney assigned to Lee’s defense has since admitted in an affidavit that he was struggling with drug addiction at the time and unable to provide effective counsel. Lee’s sister is seeking the release of crime scene materials for new DNA and fingerprint testing.

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