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(Adam Pinsker, WFIU/WTIU News)

Attorneys for a Native American man set to be executed August 26th in Indiana say the government isn’t following proper execution protocols.

Lezmond Mitchell, a member of the Navajo Nation in Arizona, was convicted of murdering a grandmother and her granddaughter in 2001.

Documents filed in Arizona Federal Court say the Bureau of Prisons is in violation of a 1937 statute that says: “The manner of inflicting the punishment of death shall be the manner prescribed by the laws of the State within which the sentence is imposed.”


UNDATED (AP) — Anti-death penalty activists have asked a federal judge to order Indiana State Police to stop blocking roads to a prison where federal executions have resumed after a 17-year pause. A lawsuit filed on their behalf Tuesday says the roadblocks constitute unconstitutional no-protest zones and impede protesters’ free-speech rights.  Hours before three July executions, troopers cut off public roads to the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana.



(Adam Pinsker, WFIU/WTIU News)

Attorneys for an inmate sentenced to death says the federal government has set an execution date for August 26th at the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute.

Lezmond Mitchell was sentenced to death for murdering a 63-year-old woman and her granddaughter in October 2001. Mitchell was sentenced to death in October 2003. 

THE LATEST: U.S. Executes 2nd Man In A Week; Lawyers Said He Had Dementia

Jul 15, 2020
(Kansas Department of Corrections via AP)



TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — The United States has carried out its second federal execution this week, killing by lethal injection a Kansas man whose lawyers contended he had dementia and was unfit to be executed. Wesley Ira Purkey was put to death Thursday at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana. Purkey was convicted of kidnapping and killing a girl in Missouri before dismembering her body. He expressed remorse right before he was executed, saying he regretted the "pain and suffering" he caused. The Supreme Court cleared the way for Purkey's execution to take place just hours before. Another man, Daniel Lewis Lee, was put to death Tuesday, ending a 17-year hiatus on federal executions.



TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — A U.S. judge has halted the execution of a federal death row inmate whose lawyers argue suffers from dementia. Wesley Ira Purkey was slated to be the second inmate executed by the government after a nearly 20-year hiatus ended this week. But a judge in Washington, D.C., imposed two injunctions Wednesday. The Justice Department is appealing in both cases. Purkey's lawyers say he can no longer grasp why he’s slated to die. Purkey, of Lansing, Kansas, was convicted of the 1998 killing of a girl in Kansas City, Missouri, and was scheduled for execution at the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana. Another man, Daniel Lewis Lee, was put to death there Tuesday. 

Decade Passes Since Indiana Executes An Inmate

Dec 27, 2019
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According to the Death Penalty Information Center, Indiana is one of several of states that hasn’t executed someone in ten years.

The DPIC released its annual report earlier this month.

Indiana's Catholic Bishops Want Renewed Execution Freeze

Oct 6, 2019
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's Roman Catholic bishops are calling for a renewed moratorium on executions at the federal penitentiary in Terre Haute.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Department of Corrections has confirmed the state doesn't have the necessary drugs to execute any of the eight men who are on death row.