One of Arkansas's death penalty drugs expires on April 30th. It has been going through a series of legal moves to carry out a number of executions before that deadline and last night it did finally carry out that sentence on Ledell Lee.
Lee's execution was the first in the state since 2005. He was pronounced dead at 11:56 p.m. Thursday, four minutes before his death warrant was due to expire.
Lee, 51, was put on death row for the 1993 death of his neighbor Debra Reese, whom Lee struck 36 times with a tire tool her husband had given her for protection. Lee was arrested less than an hour after the killing after spending some of the $300 he had stolen from Reese.
With all the legal challenges, cost and delays that always take place around these things, is it time for the country to end the death penalty?
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