Arkansas executes first inmate in 12 years

By Steve Barnes | LITTLE ROCK, Ark.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. Arkansas executed its first inmate in 12 years on Thursday after a protracted legal battle that questioned aspects of the use of the death penalty in the United States, which fell to a quarter-century low in 2016.

Ledell Lee, 51, was pronounced dead at 11:56 p.m. CDT (0456 GMT Friday) at the state’s death chamber in its Cummins Unit prison, a Department of Corrections spokesman said. Lee did not make a final statement.

Lee was convicted

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