Last night Arkansas had its first execution in more than a decade. Using the lethal injection method, Ledell Lee was put to death.
Lee was sentenced to death for the murder of Debra Reese over 20 years ago. In 1993 he murdered Reese with a tire thumper in Jacksonville. He struck her 36 times with the small tool, which her husband had given her for her protection.
How evil is that?
Arkansas officials administered the death drug cocktail after Lee refused his last meal. He opted for holy communion instead, and had no last words.
Right now Arkansas is working hard to execute 8 death row inmates because the drugs used to kill them are set to expire soon.
Critics say this is an unjustified reason to hastily execute the men. Regarding Lee's execution, Amnesty International said:
"Today is a shameful day for Arkansas, which is callously rushing the judicial process by treating human beings as though they have a sell-by date. While other states have increasingly come to the conclusion that the capital punishment system is beyond repair, Arkansas is running in the opposite direction from progress. This assembly line of executions must stop, and this cruel and inhuman punishment should be ended once and for all.”
That is a bunch of twisted crap. Those men did heinous things and they are on death row for a reason. Enough with all of the red tape and bureaucracy, those men do not deserve to live.
Once you commit murder, you lose all rights. Period.
Hopefully the execution of Ledell Lee can bring some sort of closure and justice to the family of Debra Reese. 20 years is a long time to wait to justice.