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First Federal Execution in 17 Years Set for Today in Indiana

HeadlineJul 13, 2020

In Indiana, prison officials are set to carry out the first federal execution in nearly two decades today. A federal judge had suspended the lethal injection on Friday, after the victims’ family members said they were afraid to travel during the coronavirus pandemic to bear witness to the execution. But a federal appeals court panel ruled the victims’ family doesn’t have to attend. Forty-seven-year-old Daniel Lewis Lee was sentenced to death decades ago for his role in a 1996 triple murder. Since then, several family members of the three victims have called for Lee’s sentence to be commuted to life in prison. 

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