Stay of Execution Overturned, Paving Way for First Federal Execution in 17 Years

On Sunday the 7th Circuit Court overturned a lower court ruling staying the execution of Daniel Lewis Lee. The execution is scheduled for 4 p.m. today in Indiana by lethal injection. This will be the first Federal execution in 17 years.

Lee, 47 of Oklahoma, is a former white supremacist who robbed and murdered a family of 3.

The execution is the first of a federal death row inmate since 2003, after a federal appeals court lifted an injunction on Sunday that had been put in place last Friday, after the victims’ family argued they would be put at high risk for coronavirus if they had to travel to attend the execution. The family had said they would appeal to the Supreme Court. 

AG Barr said he believes the Bureau of Prisons could “carry out these executions without being at risk” for CIVID-19. On Sunday, the DOJ disclosed that a staff member involved in preparing for the execution had tested positive for the coronavirus. 

Update: In a last-minute decision, a judge has once again ordered a delay in Lee’s execution. This covers all upcoming executions, not just Lee’s. As of now, there is no postponed date.