US carries out 1st federal execution in 17 years

The federal government has carried out its first execution in almost two decades, killing by lethal injection a man convicted of murdering an Arkansas family in a 1990s plot to build a whites-only nation in the Pacific Northwest. (July 14)

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MIKE BALSAMO: The US government carried out the first federal execution almost two decades taking the life of Daniel Lewis Lee was convicted of killing a family in Arkansas in the late 1990s. It was my first timers in witness and it's the first time the federal government has carried out an execution in almost 20 years. Mr. Lee was already strapped to the gurney when the curtain was raised. He had been strapped to the gurney for several hours at that point.

Once the Federal Bureau of Prisons announced that he would be put to death, they began to administer the lethal injection drug. At that point, Mr. Lee leaned up, he turned his head to the side, and his final words were, you are killing an innocent man. It was a few minutes later that Mr. Lee appeared to stop breathing. His chest stopped rising up and down.