Abraham Bonowitz, co-founder of Death Penalty Action, speaks to the Tribune-Star on today's developments at the Federal Prison Complex-Terre Haute.
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Update, 3:15 a.m. -- Tribune-Star reporter Lisa Trigg, one of the media witnesses for the execution, has been recalled to U.S. Penitentiary-Terre Haute. It now appears the execution of Daniel Lewis Lee is to take place this morning.
As opponents of the first federal execution since 2003 gathered this morning near U.S. Penitentiary Terre-Haute, the mood soon changed from extremely somber to a cheer and clapping. The group learned U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan ordered a new delay in federal executions.
Daniel Lewis Lee, convicted in the 1996 murder of three family members in Arkansas, was executed by lethal injection shortly after 8 a.m. Tuesday at the U.S. Penitentiary Terre Haute. It was the first federal execution in 17 years.