The U.S. government executed the killer of Daniel Lewis Lee in Indiana, and this is the first federal execution in the country since 2003.
The US government held its first federal execution in 17 years on Tuesday morning. The convicted felon, 47-year-old Danielle Lewis Lee of Yukon, Oklahoma, died after receiving a lethal injection in a prison in Terre Hoth, Indiana.
“I did not do it. I have made many mistakes in my life, but I am not a killer. You are killing an innocent man, ”he said before the execution, the Associated Press reports. Lee was pronounced dead at 8.07 Eastern Standard Time.
He was executed a few hours after the Supreme Court ruled that the execution of Li and other federal prisoners sentenced to death “could continue as planned.”
Lee is convicted of the murders of arms dealer William Muller, his wife Nancy Muller, and her 8-year-old daughter Sarah Powell in 1996. The killings were part of a conspiracy to steal weapons and cash to help create a whites-only enclave in the Northwest Pacific.
Two more federal executions are scheduled for this week.