The US Federal government on July 14 held its first execution in 17 years, introducing lethal injection a man convicted of killing family in Arkansas in 1996. About it reports Associated Press.
Was executed was 47-year-old Daniel Lewis, before his death, he said he was not guilty. His last words were: “You are killing an innocent man”.
Lewis since 1995, was in a racist organization called “Aryan people’s Republic.” He, along with another criminal broke into the home of gun dealer William Mueller, his wife Nancy and their eight-year-old daughter Sara. At the trial in 1999, prosecutors said that the attackers stole the weapon and $50 thousand in cash from the Muellers in the framework of its plan to create a “nation for whites only.”
Prosecutors also said that the criminals used the stun guns to the victims, they wore garbage bags on their heads to suffocate them, stuck the stones to their bodies and threw them in a nearby Bay.
Relatives of those killed spoke out against the execution, claiming that Lee deserves life in prison. They wanted to be there to deny the allegations that the execution was made on their behalf.
This execution was the first at the Federal level in the United States. On the eve of a Federal U.S. judge Tanya Chutkan issued an injunctionthat has delayed executions. The reason was the claims of prisoners who stated that they wanted to change lethal injection, as that can cause them extreme pain. However, on July 14, the U.S. Supreme court all allowed executions.
In 2003, the U.S. government imposed an informal moratorium on executions, as the Ministry of justice decided to revise their Protocol. The moratorium was imposed because of botched executions, where prisoners gasped or moaned before his death that questioned a painless procedure, told the publication USA Today. The last three executions at the Federal level took place in the United States in 2001-2003, when the President was George W. Bush. Before this, the us government executed a person in 1963 under President John F. Kennedy. In 2019 Bbl ordered to resume lethal executions, but the process was blocked due to litigation.
National Public Radio said that now executions in the United States at the Federal level expects more than 60 people, including a native of Chechnya Johar tsarnaev, who was found guilty in the bombing during the Boston marathon in 2013.
At the same time, capital punishment practiced in some States. According to the data of the organization Death Penalty Information Center, only in 2019 in the different American States executed 22 persons.