Daniel Lee, Federal

 

Updated: Tuesday, June 30, 2020

The Supreme Court of the United States has declined to hear an appeal from the federal death row inmates who are scheduled to be executed in the upcoming months.  The appeal was challenging the federal death penalty protocols.  When the federal government first started scheduling federal executions in 2019, a new execution protocol was established: a single drug lethal injection for all federal executions.  The appeal argued that the new protocol did not abide by the Federal Death Penalty Act of 1994, which establishes that the federal government must comply with the execution protocol of the state in which they were tried.  The federal government argued that they were following the act by using lethal injection.  Lawyers for the inmates argued that because the drug was different and not being considered on a state-by-state basis, the government was not following the protocol.  This appeal had previously halted four federal executions scheduled in late 2019, and early 2020.   This decision by the Supreme Court of the United States means that this issue will not prevent the federal government from carrying out executions.

Updated: Monday, June 29, 2020

Daniel “Danny” Lewis Lee is scheduled to be executed on Monday, July 13, 2020, at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana. Forty-seven-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 was scheduled to be executed on Friday, December 13, 2019. That execution was stayed by U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan, who issued the stay due to questions of legality over the planned method of execution. The stay was appealed and the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit lifted the stay of execution, allowing the execution to be rescheduled.

 

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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