Leroy "Lee" Hall, Jr., Tennessee 

 

Updated: Thursday, December 5, 2019

Lee Hall, a/k/a Leroy Hall Jr., has been executed by the state of Tennessee.  Read more here.

Updated: Thursday, December 5, 2019

The Supreme Court of the United States has refused to halt the execution of Lee Hall, a/k/a Leroy Hall Jr.  

Updated: Wednesday, December 4, 2019

The 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals has refused to halt the execution of Lee Hall, a/k/a Leroy Hall Jr. Lee was asking the court to halt his appeals, arguing that one of the jurors for his trial was bias because she was domestic abuse survivor and that she was improperly seated on the jury because she did not make known her prior domestic abuse during jury selection.  The 6th Circuit found that Lee had failed to establish that the juror was prejudice against him.

Updated: Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Lee Hall, a/k/a Leroy Hall Jr., has completed all of his state appeals and has begun appealing to federal courts in an attempt to halt his execution.  Lee had also asked Governor Bill Lee to grant clemency and halt the execution. His request was rejected.  Governor Lee has released a statement saying, “The justice system has extensively reviewed Lee Hall’s case over the course of almost 30 years, including additional review and rulings by the Tennessee Supreme Court yesterday and today. The judgment and sentence stand based on these rulings, and I will not intervene in this case.”

Updated: Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Lee Hall, a/k/a Leroy Hall Jr., is scheduled to be executed on Thursday, December 5, 2019. Fifty-three-year-old Lee is convicted of murdering 22-year-old Traci Crozier on April 17, 1991, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Lee has spent the past 28 years of his life on Tennessee’s death row.

Lee has chosen to be executed by the electric chair, as opposed to lethal injection.  Prior to 1999, the standard method of execution in Tennessee was the electric chair and all inmates sentenced to death were sentenced to die by electrocution.  After 1999, lethal injection became the standard method for execution and inmates sentenced prior to 1999, are given the option to choose by which method their execution will be carried out.   

Lee's family moved frequently during his childhood, preventing him from having a stable childhood. As an adult, Lee abused drugs and alcohol.

In December of 1984, Traci Crozier and Lee Hall met, and began dating shortly thereafter.  They moved in together in January of 1986, and lived together continuously until March of 1991. Following Traci’s move to her grandmother’s and uncle’s home, Hall would frequently try and contact her, often late at night. He also lit her car on fire twice after their breakup.

 

On April 16, 1991, after drinking a case of beer, Hall drove around looking for Traci. When he saw her in her car, he went to talk to her and try and persuade her to move back in with him. When she refused, Hall got mad and told Traci to get out of the car because he was going to burn it. Traci tried to grab her keys and leave, however Hall grabbed the keys first and threw them from the vehicle.

 

Traci refused to get out of the car. Hall went to his vehicle and grabbed a container filled with gasoline and some paper towels. He stuffed the paper towels in the opening of the container and lit them. He then threw the gas bomb into the vehicle, knowing Traci was still inside. Hall alleges that he saw Traci exit the vehicle and roll on the ground to extinguish the flames. Hall then says he fled when he saw a figure approaching him.

 

Neighbors described what they saw that night as a ball of fire exploding in the street. One neighbor called emergency services while another neighbor helped a burning Traci exit the vehicle and helped extinguish the flames on her body. While waiting for emergency assistance, Traci was able to tell the neighbors that Hall was the one who had thrown a “gas bomb” on her.

 

Traci suffered burns on 95 percent of her body, with only the soles of her feet remaining unburnt. Traci died in a hospital several hours later. She remained conscious and in pain for the majority of that time, as medication was not strong enough to alleviate the severe pain. The doctor who treated her said that she never had a chance of recovering.

 

Hall was convicted and sentenced to death on March 11, 1992.  While in prison, Hall changed his name from Leroy Hall Jr., to Lee Hall.

 

Lee has had several previous execution dates, all of which had been stayed.  His most recent previous execution date, January 12, 2016, was stayed due to legal issues regarding the execution drugs to be used.

 

Lawyers for Lee, are arguing that Lee should not be executed due to his status as being "legally blind."  Lee's eyesight has been deteriorating for years, and his lawyers partially blame the Tennessee Department of Corrections for failing to provide necessary accommodations and ensuring that he is able to attend all necessary doctor appointments.  Lee's lawyers are arguing that it would be "inhumane" and cause a "spectacle" to carry out the execution of a person designated at "legally blind."

 

Attorneys for Lee requested that he be granted a new trial due to bias by one of the jurors at his initial trial.  A female juror has recently come forward and acknowledged that she saw herself in the shoes of the victim, because she was a domestic abuse survivor.  The juror further elaborated that she "hated" Lee because he reminded her of her abusive husband.  Her history of domestic abuse was not disclosed prior to being placed on the jury.  Lee's attorney are argued that her bias prevented Lee from receiving a fair trial.  Judge Don Poole has rejected the request to have the original trial reexamined.  Upon examination, Judge Poole found that the juror had also acknowledged that by the time of Lee's trial, she had been happily married for over a decade and was largely unaffected by her past abuse.  Judge Poole failed to find that the juror was biased against Hall for more than a fleeting moment and found that "any presumption of prejudice which may have resulted in the current proceedings was rebutted by the entirety of [the juror's] testimony." 

 

Attorneys for Lee, have also asked Governor Bill Lee to halt his scheduled execution over claims of juror bias.  

 

Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Traci. Please pray for strength for the family of Lee. Please pray that if Lee is innocent, lacks the mental capacity, or should not be executed of any reason, evidence will be presented prior to his execution. Please pray that Lee will come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.

 

  

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