The execution of convicted murderer Daniel Lewis Lee was blocked by a federal judge on Friday, but an appeal court overturned the decision Sunday evening, endorsing the first federal execution in 17 years.
The Court of Appeal on Sunday canceled the petition of the lower court, which was accepted because of the coronavirus pandemic. A new sentence will allow the first federal execution since 2003.
It is reported that 47-year-old Daniel Lewis Lee must die from a lethal injection in Indiana today. So far, only four confirmed cases of coronavirus, including one deceased patient, have been reported at Terre Haute Prison, where Lee is being held.
The Federal Bureau of Prisons said the issue would not hinder the execution of Lee and three other prisoners this week.