William LeCroy, Jr., Federal

 

Updated: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

The execution of William LeCroy has been carried out by the federal government.  Read more here.

Updated: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

The Supreme Court of the United States has refused to grant a stay of execution to William LeCroy.

Updated: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

William LeCroy has filed an appeal with the Supreme Court of the United States, seeking to have his execution halted, pending review of the decision by the 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold the ruling of a lower court, who had denied his request to halt his execution.  LeCroy was arguing that his execution should be halted because his lead counsel is unable to attend LeCroy's execution due to chronic illness that leaves counsel vulnerable to contracting COVID-19.  This chronic illness has also allegedly prevented the lead counsel from fulling his appointed duties. 

Updated: Monday, September 21, 2020

William Emmett LeCroy, Jr., is scheduled to be executed by the federal government at 6 pm local time on Tuesday, September 22, 2020, at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana. Fifty-year-old William is convicted of carjacking, rape, and murdering 30-year-old Joann Tiesler in Gilmer County, Georgia in 2001.  He has been on federal death row for the last 16 years.

William was briefly in the Army, leaving it at the age of 19, in 1989. He then went to live with his mother and stepfather. His step-father had a 13-year-old daughter who lived with him, and with whom LeCroy began a sexual relationship, which the parents discovered in January 1990. The girl's mother urged authorities to prosecute LeCroy for statutory rape.

In late 1990 and 1991, LeCroy was linked to a series of burglaries in a residential neighborhood in Cobb County, Georgia. LeCroy was arrested during a traffic stop on March 3, 1991. Inside his car was a holster, gun, and several hand written notes, including one that was believed to be a “hit list” of people to kill. LeCroy was sent to prison and while serving his sentence, he was convicted under federal law for the possession of a sawed-off shotgun, which he obtained during a burglary. He received a five year federal prison sentence.

 

LeCroy was released from federal custody in August 2001, with a three year term of supervised probation. LeCroy moved back in with his mother and stepfather in Gilmer County, Georgia. One condition of his release was that LeCroy undergo a psychosexual evaluation. LeCroy eventually agreed to the test, however he instead decided to flee the country prior to his test.

 

Evidence discovered later showed that LeCroy was researching survival gear, creating a list of gear he would need, and copying his stepfather’s passport. To help finance his plan, a series of robberies occurred on Cherry Log Mountain, where LeCroy was staying, over the weekend of October 5-7, 2001.

 

On the evening of October 7, LeCroy broke into the home of Joann Tiesler, who was not home at the time of the break-in, however, she arrived home while LeCroy was still in her house. LeCroy attacked Joann after she entered her home, striking her on the back of her head. Joann’s hands were bound behind her back and she was strangled and raped, before eventually being killed by having her throat slashed with a knife and being stabbed in the back multiple times. DNA later identified LeCroy as the rapists.

 

LeCroy stole Joann’s car, loaded it up with supplies and headed for Canada. On October 9, 2001, LeCroy was arrested at a border crossing in Minnesota, still driving Joann’s vehicle. A knife with Joann’s blood on it was found in the vehicle, as well as a note confessing to Joann’s murder and asking for forgiveness.

 

LeCroy was convicted of carjacking and murder, and was sentenced to death in 2004.

 

William LeCroy has been denied his request to postpone his execution by the 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals.  William was asking for a stay of execution on the ground that two of his three lawyers have been unable to meet with him in recent months due to the coronavirus pandemic.  In their denial, the 11th Circuit Court stated that they did not have the authority to postpone William's execution and that William did not provide sufficient evidence that a stay of execution is warranted.

 

Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Joann Tiesler. Pray for strength for the family of William. Pray that if William is innocent, lacks the competency to be executed, or should not be executed for any other reason, that evidence will be presented before his execution. Pray that William will come to find a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.

 

 

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