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July 14, 2020, 10:02 AMUpdated: July 14, 2020, 3:57 PM

U.S. Executes First Federal Prisoner After 17-Year Hiatus (2)

Jordan S. Rubin
Jordan S. Rubin

The Trump administration carried out the first federal execution in 17 years, after a divided U.S. Supreme Court early Tuesday rejected four prisoners’ cruel and unusual punishment appeal.

Daniel Lee, who was convicted of killing a family of three in 1996, including an 8-year-old, was executed by lethal injection at 8:07 a.m. Tuesday in Terre Haute, Indiana, the Bureau of Prisons said.

Lee’s execution, which didn’t occur as scheduled on Monday after lower courts intervened, is the first of three the federal government has scheduled this week. A fourth, Keith Dwayne Nelson, is scheduled for next month.

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