Daniel Lewis Lee: The first US federal execution has been going on for nearly 20 years

Daniel Lewis Lee: The first US federal execution has been going on for nearly 20 years
The first federal execution is to be carried out in the United States in more than 17 years, on Monday, after a ruling by an appeals court.

Daniel Lewis Lee, of Yukon, Oklahoma, is scheduled to die by lethal injection at 4 pm (8 pm GMT) on Monday in a prison in Indiana.

He was convicted in Arkansas of the murder of gun dealer William Mueller in 1996, his wife Nancy and her eight-year-old daughter, Sarah Powell.

He was convicted in Arkansas of the murder of gun dealer William Muller in 1996, his wife Nancy and her eight-year-old daughter, Sarah Powell.

The victim's family had previously delayed execution, arguing that it would have to participate in high-risk travel to attend during the epidemic, but the Federal Court of Appeal filed the injunction on Sunday. The family has pledged to appeal to the Supreme Court.

The decision to press ahead with the death penalty - and two others scheduled for later in the week - during the global health pandemic that destroyed the country's prisons has sparked scrutiny from civil rights groups and the families of my victims.

Critics have argued that the government creates an urgent and manufactured need on a topic not at the top of the current list of US concerns.

It will also likely add a new front to the national dialogue on criminal justice reform in the run up to the 2020 elections.

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