Daniel Lee, Federal



Updated: Monday, December 9, 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 was 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.

Daniel was born in Yukon, Oklahoma. Daniel grew up in a dysfunctional family and suffered from mental impairment.

Daniel Lee was an active member of a white supremacist organization. He had been recruited into the group by Chevie Kehoe, whom he met in 1995. Together, Lee, Chevie, Chevie’s father Kirby Kehoe, Chevie’s brother Cheyne Kehoe, and Faron Lovelace participated in a variety of criminal activities to promote and fund the white supremacist group.

In January 1996, Lee and Chevie traveled from Washington state to Arkansas, where they went to the home of William Mueller, a gun dealer, whom Chevie had stolen from nearly a year ago. William and his family was not home when Lee and Chevie arrived, so they waited for them.


Upon their arrival, Lee and Chevie overpowered and incapacitated William and his wife, Nancy. Lee and Chevie then questioned eight-year-old Sarah about where guns, ammunition, and cash were located in the house. Lee and Chevie found approximately $50,000 in cash, guns, and ammunition.


William, Nancy, and Sarah were all shot with stun guns before plastic bags were placed over their heads and sealed with duct tape. The three victims were weighted with rocks and thrown into the Illinois bayou. They were discovered in Lake Darnelle, near Russellville, Arkansas in June 1996.


Lee and Chevie returned with the stolen goods and proceeded to sell them at gun shows. Eventually, Lee and Chevie were arrested in 1997, after law enforcement was able to trace the William’s guns back to them.


Lee and Chevie, along with several others, were indicted on December 12, 1997. Lee was charged with racketeering, conspiracy to commit racketeering, and murder in aid of racketeering. He was convicted and sentenced to death. Although a death sentence was also sought for Chevie, he was sentenced to three consecutive life sentences.


Daniel Lee's execution has been halted by U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan, who halted all federal executions scheduled throughout December 2019, and January 2020.  Judge Chutkan issued the stays of execution after arguments that the federal execution protocol is unconstitutional because it violates a 1994 federal statute that says federal executions shall be carried out “in the manner prescribed by the law of the State in which the sentence is imposed.”  In announcing the resumption of federal executions earlier this year, Attorney General Barr announced that the execution would be carried out using a single drug, instead of a three-drug process used in most states.  Judge Chutkan has found that simply using lethal injection does not satisfy that statue, but the a drugs and process need to also be similar. The Justice Department is appealing the stay of execution.


The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and the Supreme Court of the United States has upheld the stay of execution for federal executions granted by Judge Chutkan.  While there were no dissents in the Supreme Court ruling, 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.


Please pray for peace for the family of William, Nancy, and Sarah. Please pray for strength for the family of Daniel Lee. Please pray that if Daniel is innocent, lacks the competency to be executed, or should not be executed for any other reason, evidence will be provided prior to the execution. Please pray that Daniel may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.



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