CNA Staff, Jul 14, 2020 / 08:50 am
The federal government executed its first federal inmate in 17 years on Tuesday, following numerous delays and requests for clemency from the family of the victims.
Daniel Lewis Lee was executed on Tuesday morning and pronounced dead at 8:07 a.m. He was executed at the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana. An eyewitness told the Indianapolis Star that it took approximately two to three minutes for Lee to die after the lethal injection drugs were administered.
The execution was permitted by the Supreme Court one day after a lower court blocked it due to overwhelming evidence that the drug protocol the government wanted to use causes "extreme pain and needless suffering," including feelings of panic and the sensation of drowning as fluid accumulates in the lungs.
A Catholic organization opposed to the death penalty condemned the execution as "unnecessary and avoidable."