In February 1993, 27-year-old Lee robbed and strangled 26-year-old Debra Reese in her Jacksonville home. He then beat her 36 times with the same tire thumper her husband gave her for protection.
Her son was only six years old.
"My mother was everything to me," said Joseph Lucky. "When she was ripped from my life, it started a spiral that I almost didn't recover from. My family has lived in the shadow of this event our entire lives."
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Lee, 51, was administered the lethal injection at 11:44 p.m. local time on Thursday (12:44 a.m. ET). He was pronounced dead 12 minutes later.
His execution was Arkansas' first since 2005. The state had planned to execute eight inmates over 10 days starting April 17, saying its lethal-injection drugs will expire at the end of the month.
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Lee actually murdered 2 women before being caught, and raped many more, according to investigators who worked on the case. Here's a picture of the family of one of his victims:
Every mainstream story I've seen, from CNN to NBC to ABC, has barely mentioned the victims in these cases, instead choosing to overtly imply that Ledell Lee's execution was unfair and unjust, and how DARE anyone actually expect him to receive the same punishment he doled in such an animalistic fashion. I fully support the death penalty in cases like Lee's, and know of almost 1,000 inmates in California sitting on death row for similar crimes who should be executed, as per their sentence.