Stay of Execution Requested for Death Row Inmate Ledell Lee

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KARK) -- A renewed legal fight is getting underway for another Arkansas Death Row inmate scheduled to die by lethal injection this week.

In a statement released Monday evening, the ACLU stated that it now represents Ledell Lee, and has filed for a stay of his execution with two claims.

The first claim is innocence, based on the fact that blood and hair recovered was never tested for DNA.

"The testing available then wasn’t sophisticated enough for fragmented samples, and no other DNA evidence was found to tie him to the crime," the ACLU said.

The second claim is intellectual disability.

"Mr. Lee has had horrible legal counsel since his arrest in 1993 for the murder of Debra Reese, representation so gravely lacking that his intellectual disability from fetal alcohol syndrome was never noticed let alone brought to the court or the jury’s attention," the ACLU continued.

Lee's execution date is set for Thursday (April 20), along with fellow Death Row Inmate Stacey E. Johnson. Both were sentenced to death after Capital Murder convictions.


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