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FILE - In this Oct. 31 1997, file photo, Daniel Lewis Lee waits for his arraignment hearing for murder in the Pope County Detention Center in Russellville, Ark. Relatives of the victims of Daniel Lewis Lee have pleaded for him to receive the same life sentence as the ringleader in the plot that led to the slayings. Now, family members say their grief is compounded by the push to execute Lee, of Yukon, Oklahoma, in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.(Dan Pierce/The Courier via AP, File)

US carries out the 1st federal execution in nearly 2 decades

Jul. 14, 2020 9:57 AM EDT

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — The federal government on Tuesday carried out its first execution in almost two decades, killing by lethal injection a man convicted of murdering an Arkansas family in a 1990s plot to build a whites-only nation in the Pacific Northwest. The execution of Daniel Lewis Lee came over...

Report: Iran hangs 2 for 2010 parade bombing that killed 12

Jul. 14, 2020 9:51 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian state TV is reporting that authorities have executed two men convicted of a 2010 bombing at a military parade in northwestern Iran that killed 12 spectators. State TV reported Tuesday the two, who were hanged, were members of a bombing network that was dismantled in 2013. It...

FILE - In this Oct. 31 1997, file photo, Daniel Lewis Lee waits for his arraignment hearing for murder in the Pope County Detention Center in Russellville, Ark. Relatives of the victims of Daniel Lewis Lee have pleaded for him to receive the same life sentence as the ringleader in the plot that led to the slayings. Now, family members say their grief is compounded by the push to execute Lee, of Yukon, Oklahoma, in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.(Dan Pierce/The Courier via AP, File)

5 things to know today

Jul. 14, 2020 6:01 AM EDT

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. DEATH PENALTY GETS GREEN LIGHT The Trump administration was moving ahead early Tuesday with the execution of the first federal prison inmate in 17 years after a divided Supreme Court reversed lower courts...

FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2019, file photo the guard tower flanks the sign at the entrance to the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind. The Justice Department plans to resume federal executions next week for the first time in more than 15 years, despite the coronavirus pandemic raging both inside and outside prisons and stagnating national support for the death penalty. Three people are slated to die by lethal injection in one week beginning Monday. The executions will take place at USP Terre Haute. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

Judge blocks federal executions; administration appeals

Jul. 13, 2020 11:36 PM EDT

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — A U.S. district judge on Monday ordered a new delay in federal executions, hours before the first lethal injection was scheduled to be carried out at a federal prison in Indiana. The Trump administration immediately appealed to a higher court, asking that the executions move...

This photo provided by the family shows Nancy Mueller. Mueller was killed by Daniel Lewis Lee in 1996. Relatives of the victims of Daniel Lewis Lee have pleaded for him to receive the same life sentence as the ringleader in the plot that led to the slayings. Now, family members say their grief is compounded by the push to execute Lee, of Yukon, Oklahoma, in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. (Earlene Peterson/Courtesy of Family via AP)

Victims' relatives most vocal opponents of man's execution

Jul. 13, 2020 8:54 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Family members of three people slain in Arkansas more than 20 years ago have been among the most vocal opponents to the federal government's plan to execute one of the men convicted of killing their loved ones. That man, Daniel Lewis Lee, is first on the list of prisoners set to be...

Judge orders new delay in federal executions, hours before 1st scheduled lethal injection; appeal expected

Jul. 13, 2020 9:57 AM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Judge orders new delay in federal executions, hours before 1st scheduled lethal injection; appeal expected.
FILE - In this Thursday, July 9, 2020, file photo, police officers flank French national Francois Camille Abello, center, as he is presented to the media during a press conference at the regional police headquarters in Jakarta, Indonesia. The French man accused of molesting over 300 Indonesian children has died after apparently trying to kill himself in detention, police said Monday, July 13.. (AP Photo, File)

Indonesia police: Jailed French sex crime suspect kills self

Jul. 13, 2020 6:18 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A French man accused of molesting more than 300 Indonesian children has died two days after a guard found him lying in his cell with a wire wrapped around his neck, police said Monday. Francois Camille Abello was taken to a hospital after the suicide attempt on Friday and was in...

FILE - In this June 11, 2001 file photo, an aerial view of the execution facility at the United States Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind., is shown. After the latest 17-year hiatus, the Trump administration wants to restart federal executions this month at the Terre Haute, prison. Four men are slated to die. All are accused of murdering children in cases out of Arkansas, Kansas Iowa and Missouri. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy File)

Appeals court: 1st federal execution in 17 years can proceed

Jul. 12, 2020 9:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Sunday that the first federal execution in nearly two decades may proceed as scheduled on Monday. The ruling from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturns a lower court order that had put the execution of 47-year-old Daniel Lewis Lee on hold. Lee, of...

FILE - In this Oct. 31 1997 file photo Danny Lee waits for his arraignment hearing for murder in the Pope County Detention Center in Russellville, Ark. A federal judge in Indiana on Friday, July, 10, 2020, halted the first federal execution planned in 17 years scheduled three days from now over COVID-19 concerns. Daniel Lee had been scheduled to die by lethal injection. Lee, 47, of Yukon, Okla., was convicted of the 1996 killings of gun dealer William Mueller, his wife, Nancy, and her 8-year-old daughter, Sarah Powell. (Dan Pierce/The Courier via AP, File)

Justice Dept. seeks to overturn order halting execution

Jul. 11, 2020 7:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department filed an emergency motion with a federal appeals court on Saturday seeking to move forward with the first federal execution in nearly two decades. Daniel Lee, 47, had been scheduled to die by lethal injection on Monday at a federal prison in Indiana. He was...

FILE - In this Oct. 31 1997 file photo Danny Lee waits for his arraignment hearing for murder in the Pope County Detention Center in Russellville, Ark. A federal judge in Indiana on Friday, July, 10, 2020, halted the first federal execution planned in 17 years scheduled three days from now over COVID-19 concerns. Daniel Lee had been scheduled to die by lethal injection. Lee, 47, of Yukon, Okla., was convicted of the 1996 killings of gun dealer William Mueller, his wife, Nancy, and her 8-year-old daughter, Sarah Powell. (Dan Pierce/The Courier via AP, File)

US appeals to proceed with 1st federal execution in 17 years

Jul. 11, 2020 1:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Determined to proceed with the first federal execution in nearly two decades, the Justice Department plans to appeal a judge’s ruling that would halt authorities from carrying it out on Monday. The family of the victims in the case had requested that it be called off because their...