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Tennessee Inmate Leroy "Lee" Hall Executed on December 5, 2019

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.

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Stay Upheld by Supreme Court for Daniel Lee Ahead of December 9, 2019, Execution

Daniel Lee, Federal

 

Updated: Friday, December 4, 2019

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has lifted the individual stay of execution granted to Daniel Lee by a federal judge in Indiana.  The broader stay, for all federal executions, remains in place.  The Supreme Court of the United States has decided that they will not lift the stay of execution granted by U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan.  There were no dissents to the ruling, however, three of the Supreme Court Justices wrote that they believed the lower court should be able to resolve the issue within 60 days and urged the lower court to not delay in the case.

Updated: Friday, December 4, 2019

A federal court in Indiana has granted a stay of execution to Daniel Lee.  The family of the victims oppose the death sentence and believe Daniel's sentence should be commuted to life in prison.  According to Daniel's attorney, the stay will "allow him a reasonable opportunity to determine the legality of his sentence."  Allegedly, the government knew of the opposition to the death penalty from the family of the victim, but failed to disclose that information to the jury.

Updated: Tuesday, December 3, 2019

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has refused a request from the Justice Department to lift stay of execution granted to all scheduled federal death row inmates by U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan.  Now, the government has appealed to the Supreme Court of the United States, seeking to have the stay lifted.  The government is arguing that Judge Chutkan's ruling, which found that the federal government's execution plan was likely a violation of federal law because it differed too greatly from the states' execution plans, was "meritless."  The government argues that, “For virtually the entire history of the United States, federal statutory references to the ‘manner’ of imposing the death penalty have been understood to refer only to the ‘mode of execution’ – not to all ‘additional procedural details’ of the execution, such as the composition of the firing squad or ‘how the intravenous catheter is to be inserted.’”  The government is asking that the stay be lifted and the execution allowed to proceed.

Updated: Monday, December 2, 2019

Daniel “Danny” Lewis Lee was scheduled to be executed on Monday, December 9, 2019, at Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana.  His execution has been stayed.  Forty-six-year-old Daniel has been sentenced to death for the triple murder of William Mueller, his wife Nancy, and her eight-year-old daughter Sarah Powell, in January 1996, in Russellville, Arkansas.

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Lezmond Mitchell Receives Stay Ahead of December 11, 2019, Federal Execution Date

Lezmond Mitchell, Federal

 

Updated: Monday, December 2, 2019

Lezmond Charles Mitchell was scheduled to be executed on Wednesday, December 11, 2019, at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana. His execution has been stayed. Thirty-eight-year-old Lezmond has been sentenced to death for the murder of 63-year-old Alyce R. Slim and her 9-year-old granddaughter Tiffany Lee, on the Navajo Indian reservation in Arizona on October 28, 2001. Lezmond has spent the last 16 years on death row in a federal prison.

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Texas Gives Travis Runnels Execution Date of December 11, 2019

Travis Runnels, Texas

 

Updated: Wednesday, December 4, 2019

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has rejected a request to halt the execution of Travis Runnels.  Travis was asking for a stay of execution, arguing that his right to due process was violated by the state providing false and misleading testimony.  His argument was dismissed and the stay of execution denied..

Updated: Monday, December 2, 2019

Travis Trevino Runnels is scheduled to be executed at 6 pm local time, on Wednesday, December 11, 2019, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. Travis is convicted of the murder of Stanley A. Wiley, on January 29, 2003. Travis has been on death row in Texas for the past 14 years.

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James Hanna Granted Stay Before December 11, 2019, Ohio Execution

James Hanna, Ohio

 

Updated: Monday, December 2, 2019

James Galen Hanna is scheduled to be executed at 10 am local time on Wednesday, December 11, 2019, at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Mansfield, Ohio. Seventy-year-old James is convicted of the murder of 43-year-old Peter Copas at the Lebanon Correctional Institution in 1997. James has spent the last 41 years in prison.

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Stay Upheld for Wesley Purkey Ahead of December 13, 2019, Execution

Wesley Purkey, Federal

 

Updated: Friday, December 4, 2019

 The Supreme Court of the United States has decided that they will not lift the stay of execution granted by U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan.  There were no dissents to the ruling, however, three of the Supreme Court Justices wrote that they believed the lower court should be able to resolve the issue within 60 days and urged the lower court to not delay in the case.

Updated: Tuesday, December 3, 2019

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has refused a request from the Justice Department to lift stay of execution granted to all scheduled federal death row inmates by U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan.  Now, the government has appealed to the Supreme Court of the United States, seeking to have the stay lifted.  The government is arguing that Judge Chutkan's ruling, which found that the federal government's execution plan was likely a violation of federal law because it differed too greatly from the states' execution plans, was "meritless."  The government argues that, “For virtually the entire history of the United States, federal statutory references to the ‘manner’ of imposing the death penalty have been understood to refer only to the ‘mode of execution’ – not to all ‘additional procedural details’ of the execution, such as the composition of the firing squad or ‘how the intravenous catheter is to be inserted.’”  The government is asking that the stay be lifted and the execution allowed to proceed.

Updated: Monday, December 2, 2019

Wesley Ira Purkey was scheduled to be executed on Friday, December 13, 2019, at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana.  His execution has been stayed.  Sixty-seven-year-old Wesley has been sentenced to death for the kidnapping, rape, and murder of 16-year-old Jennifer Long in January 22, 1998, in Kansas City, Missouri. Wesley has spent the last 16 years on death row in a federal prison.

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Scheduled Executions

Updated: Thursday, December 5, 2019

Please pray for these men and women. Pray for salvation if unsaved, peace if saved, and that the innocent shall be revealed before they are executed. "The Lord is slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance." (2 Peter 3:9 ESV).

  

*Read more about Ohio's ongoing challenges to carrying out executions here.*

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