Arkansas Executes Inmate for First Time in 12 Years
His name was Ledell Lee. The 51-year-old convicted murderer was the first of eight prisoners Arkansas had been hoping to execute before its lethal injection drugs expire April 30. The courts have blocked other executions this week, and Lee’s lawyers continued appeals yesterday. But after taking holy communion as his last meal, Lee was injected with three drugs — including vecuronium bromide, which manufacturer McKesson Corporation claims was bought under false pretenses — and died at 11:56 p.m. Two more prisoners are set to be killed Monday.