>> Just 30 minutes before his death warrant was due to expire, a death row inmate has been executed by the State of Arkansas for the first time since 2005. The Supreme Court cleared the way for 51 year old, Ledell Lee to receive the lethal injection in an 11th hour decision on Thursday.
Removing hold on his execution after lawyers have filed several motions and courts delay the taking of his life. Lee was convicted of beating a woman to death by the tire iron in 1993. He maintained his innocence for years and was seeking DNA test his lawyer said can prove he didn't do it.
The family of the women, Debra Reese, told media at his prison he deserved to die for a crime that ripped their lives apart. Lee was said to be one of eight men Arkansas originally planned to execute in just 11 days. The most of any state in such a short period since the death penalty was brought back in 1976.
So far, courts have halted four of the executions. Death penalty opponents have condemned the sudden rush to kill the inmates and part because one of the drugs in the state stock pile of lethal poison is set to expire.