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    Ledell Lee - Arkansas Execution - April 20, 2017




    Facts of the Crime:

    Sentenced to death on October 16, 1995 for the February 9, 1993 beating and strangling death of Debra Reese, 26, in the Sunnyside addition, where he had attacked several other women. He was also convicted of raping two Jacksonville women and was tried for the murder of Christine Lewis, daughter of the late Alderman Robert Lewis. Lee was also suspected of killing a Jacksonville prostitute and dumping her body in a shed near the railroad tracks.

    Lewis, 22, was abducted from her Sunnyside home in November 1989 as her three-year-old child watched. She was raped and strangled and her body dumped in the closet of an abandoned home. The jury could not agree on a verdict in that trial, but prosecutors decided not to retry him when he received the death sentence in the Reese case and was convicted for raping two women. DNA evidence tied Lee to the murders and rapes. Reese was struck 36 times with a tire tool her husband gave her for protection while he was out of town on a truck driving job. Lee, who had just been paroled after serving time for burglary, was arrested an hour after the murder when witnesses reported seeing him walking the street.

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    Ark. Supreme Court Upholds Death Sentence For Lee

    The Arkansas Supreme Court has rejected a death-row inmate's appeal that his sentence be overturned.

    Ledell Lee was sentenced to die for the Feb. 9, 1993, beating death of 26-year-old Debra Reese in Jacksonville. Reese was struck 36 times with a tire tool her husband gave her for protection while he was out of town on a truck driving job.

    Lee, who has filed multiple appeals, argued his lawyers failed to offer alibi witnesses on his behalf and had a conflict of interest. Lee also argued his lawyers should have objected when prosecutors referred to him as "a hunter" during closing arguments.

    Lee, 43, is being held at the state's Varner Unit.

    http://www.todaysthv.com/news/news.aspx?storyid=84678

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    Inmate Personal Information

    DOB: 07/31/1965
    Race: Black
    Gender: Male

    Crime and Trial Information

    * County of conviction: Pulaski
    * Number of counts: One
    * Race of Victim: White
    * Gender of Victim: Female
    * Date of crime: 02/09/1993
    * Date of Sentencing: 10/16/1995

    Legal Status

    Current proceedings:
    Habeas petition pending in E.D. Ark.

    Attorneys

    Deborah Sallings
    Kent Gipson
    Gary Brotherton

    Court Opinions

    Lee v. State, 942 S.W.2d 231 (Ark.), cert. denied, 522 U.S. 1002 (1997); Lee v. State, 38 S.W.3d 334 (Ark. 2001) (affirming denial of post‐conviction relief); Lee v. State, 23S.W.3d 52 (2006) (recalling the mandate due to post‐conviction counsel's incompetency because of an alcohol abuse problem); Lee v. State, 308 S.W.3d 596 (Ark.) (affirming denial of post‐conviction relief), cert. denied, 130 S.Ct. 555 (2009).

    Legal Issues

    In 2009 post‐conviction proceedings:
    (1) whether the following constituted ineffective assistance of counsel: (i) failure to call alibi witnesses; (ii) failure to engage services of a mitigation specialist; (iii) failing to call defendant's mother and sister during penalty phase;
    (iv) opening door to in‐court identification of defendant by alleged rape victim; and
    (v) failure to seek independent laboratory testing of DNA samples was not ineffective assistance of counsel
    In first post‐conviction proceeding, 38 S.W.3d 334 (2001):
    (1) conflict of interest stemming from Mr. Lee's pending lawsuits and ineffectiveness proceedings against attorneys Simpson and Quals stemming from three separate criminal cases (the resulting convictions of which were used as aggravating circumstances), and trial judge's refusal to relieve these attorneys of service
    (2) trial counsels' refusal to call alibi witnesses at Mr. Lee's request, when such witnesses had been presented at an earlier trial that resulted in a hung jury, and even though counsel promised in opening statement that alibi evidence would be presented
    (3) trial judge's ongoing extramarital affair with prosecuting attorney, and failure to disclose this affair or recuse

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    On November 2, 2001, Lee filed a habeas petition in Federal District Court.

    http://dockets.justia.com/docket/ark...1cv00377/50684

    On June 18, 2013, Lee's habeas petition was DENIED.

    http://docs.justia.com/cases/federal...0377/50684/115

    On February 19, 2014, Lee filed an appeal before the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

    http://dockets.justia.com/docket/cir...ts/ca8/14-1363

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    It seems that his appeal was denied by the 8th Circuit Court on September 22, 2014, but I can't find the decision on the 8th Circuit site.

    Nevertheless his case is distributed for conference on October 9 in front of SCOTUS.

    http://www.supremecourt.gov/search.a...es/14-9470.htm

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    In today's orders, the United States Supreme Court declined to review Lee's petition for certiorari.

    Docketed: April 24, 2015
    Linked with 14A728
    Lower Ct: United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
    Case Nos.: (14-1363)
    Decision Date: September 22, 2014
    Rehearing Denied: November 21, 2014

    http://www.supremecourt.gov/search.a...es/14-9470.htm

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    Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson set the execution dates for eight Arkansas death row inmates on Monday (Feb. 27).

    The eight inmates have all been convicted of capital murder.

    “This action is necessary to fulfill the requirement of the law, but it is also important to bring closure to the victims’ families who have lived with the court appeals and uncertainty for a very long time,” Hutchinson said.

    The execution dates were set as follows:

    Kenneth Williams – April 27, 2017
    Bruce Ward – April 17, 2017
    Stacey Johnson – April 20, 2017
    Don Williamson Davis – April 17, 2017
    Ledell Lee – April 20, 2017
    Jack Harold Jones – April 24, 2017
    Jason McGehee – April 27, 2017
    Marcel Williams – April 24, 2017

    http://5newsonline.com/2017/02/27/ar...h-row-inmates/
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    Inmates ask Arkansas court to void orders setting execution dates

    Attorneys for eight Arkansas death row inmates scheduled to be put to death next month are asking the state's highest court to invalidate the proclamations scheduling their executions, arguing that a stay is still in place.

    The inmates asked the state Supreme Court on Wednesday to void Gov. Asa Hutchinson's orders setting their execution dates. Hutchinson on Monday set four double executions during a 10-day period in April, though the state is lacking one of the drugs needed to put them to death.

    The inmates' attorneys say a stay blocking the executions is still in place while an amended complaint challenging Arkansas' lethal injection law is pending in a Pulaski County court. The state Monday asked the state to clarify that the stay on executions had been lifted.

    http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2...=news-arkansas
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    Clemency hearings set for 5 death row inmates

    The Arkansas Parole Board scheduled clemency hearings for five of the eight inmates scheduled to be executed in April.

    According to the Arkansas Department of Correction, clemency hearings have been set for Stacey Johnson and Ledelle Lee on March 24; Marcell Williams on March 27; and Kenneth Williams and Jason McGehee on March 31.

    In February, Gov. Asa Hutchinson set the execution dates for eight inmates on death row, saying it was required by law.

    Hutchinson set the following execution dates:

    Don Williams Davis - April 17

    Bruce Earl Ward - April 17

    Ledelle Lee - April 20

    Stacey Eugene Johnson - April 20

    Jack Harold Jones - April 24

    Marcel Williams - April 24

    Kenneth D. Williams - April 27

    Jason F. McGehee - April 27

    Arkansas hasn't executed an inmate since 2005 due to legal challenges and issues getting execution drugs.

    http://katv.com/news/local/clemency-...th-row-inmates
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    Arkansas inmates make longshot bids to avoid execution

    Two Arkansas inmates scheduled for lethal injections next month are asking the parole board to spare their lives, a longshot effort to halt an unprecedented plan to execute eight prisoners in a 10-day period.

    Stacey Johnson and a lawyer for Ledell Lee appeared for the board Friday, asking it to recommend that Gov. Asa Hutchinson commute their sentences. Such efforts typically fail. Of the 27 people executed in Arkansas since 1990, 20 had clemency requests rejected and the others didn't apply. Gov. Mike Huckabee commuted one man's sentence on his own after a reluctant juror stepped forward.

    Johnson and Lee are set to die April 20. Other double executions are set for April 17, 24 and 27.

    The board will hear later Friday from relatives of the men's victims.

    http://www.newser.com/article/884134...execution.html
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