LEE, Danieli, Tim Evans discussed on Hidden Wealth
I'll be bringing you some of the best stories that covered during the week. One of the big stories that developed this week. Federal executions are back and for the first time in seven years A death row inmate was put to death in Indiana Danieli. Lewis was a member of a white supremacist group and was found guilty of murdering a family of three, including an eight year old girl in 1996. There were also two other execution scheduled to take place this week. For more on this story will speak to Tim Evans. He was a witness to this first execution and an investigative reporter at the Indianapolis Star. Danieli was convicted in a 1996 murder in Arkansas. They gun dealer again need his wife in the woman's a year old daughter, he and a coconspirator above conviction, three counts of murder. They were both white supremacists and his colleague and it was the mastermind of the group Chevy Keogh was tried first convicted and sentenced to life in prison. Danieli was sins after Chio and got the death penalty, which was a lot of attention for a lot of people because he was seen as the ringleader and here was actually the person you killed a little girl, which most heinous aspect of the crime. Did they say why He got the death penalty over Keogh. Harassing. In 2014. Retired federal judge who sat on the case and retired federal prosecutor both wrote letters to the Justice Department, saying they didn't think it was fair. There was an indication also, one of the victim's relatives had written that Keo came off need clean Caddy was more articulate. He had some strong character witnesses on his behalf. Where we had a neo Nazi rolling seven tattoo on his neck in terms of character witnesses for defense. He looked symposia and I have been damaged in a fight. So in a lot of people's opinions, it was more of a parent's then culpability that created the disparity in those two sentences. And his last words in this whole thing was your killing on innocent man tell us a little bit about the delay in the execution. Part of it was Lee was part of a lawsuit alleging that it was cruel and unusual punishment. The use of the one drug protocol the pentobarbital. There's been other executions that have brought a similar things. So it was put on hold. And there was this moment where Lee was on the gurney for A few hours while the judges were still kind of debating back and forth, and then they ended up giving the go ahead. Lee was actually scheduled me since last fall and appeals at that time regarding the one drug protocol, which was obviously knew for the federal government and execute anyone since 2003 he was put on hold and then he was scheduled to be executed Monday. At 4 p.m. And there were last minute wrangling over the weekend Friday as federal Circuit Court judge issue to stay over the weekend. Another superior Court got involved, remove to stay and then they're for your last minute delays on Monday and ended up any was scheduled to be executed at four PM about 2 a.m. The Supreme Court ruled that the excuse you could go ahead and I was always scheduled for four AM and we got called back to the prison and left her to act right after that ruling and went to the execution chamber. We were in there the laughter four AM and waited again that there was one last appeal. Dudley had been in Excuse chamber percent, about 4 a.m. a little bit longer than we were, and was strapped to the gurney and the actual room, which looks like a emergency room in the hospital. He was strapped to a gurney from four AM and Jill. They began the execution of laughter. 7:45 a.m. And in the end, they said that this drug pentobarbital has become a mainstay of state executions. It's been used over 100 times without incident. It's considered less painful than other lethal injection protocol, so that's why they went ahead and approved it. You were there to witness this execution. Is this the 1st 1 that you've witnessed? Yes. And hopefully the last Did you notice any complications with the protocol? No, it did not appear it. I obviously you know, I'm in a glass window. I could not necessarily hear what he was saying. If you said anything, it looked very peaceful on calm. He did continue to breathe longer than I expected. I don't No, no, no, but I expected it wasn't instantaneous. It seemed the over a matter of two or three minutes, at least after the beginning is from the drugs. But he didn't dry one of the horror stories you read out of place like Oklahoma and Ohio, where they had to box executions. There was nothing like that. He kind of moved his head at one point a little bit. He doubled his lips a little bit like you may be blind Bubbles came out and there was a slight twitch in one of his arms. But beyond that, there's a Reno was trained, You know, wrestling against restraints or no suffering are wild trash or anything like that. You appear very peaceful and in a surreal sort of way. You mentioned? Obviously you hope this is the last one you were to witness. I just have to ask. How has this impacted you? This was just a few days ago. But how has this impacted you? I think it still hasn't all sunk in. I knew other people had covered executions before and I talked to him a little bit and so far knock on wood. It was emotional, obviously, but it wasn't the kind of Ah emotional impact that I had expected. Necessarily. I don't know Some of that. He obviously wasn't reticent, all even making a kind of apology. He was Kind of defiant in his last moments, and I was able to be more detached. And I thought I might be being only five or six feet away from where it happened. But time will tell. I was up for about 36 straight hours. I had a little sleep last night. I haven't processed everything but trying to steel myself as much as possible. And so far so good, I guess. Tim Evans, investigative reporter at the Indianapolis Star. Thank you very much for joining us. Thanks for having me today. Another big discussion this week was the reopening of schools in the fall, and it continues to be a contentious discussion with some committed to on campus instruction. And others on Lee Online. Los Angeles, San Diego and Atlanta, three of the nation's largest school district, said this week that they will begin school online and then bring students back later in the year. For more on this story will speak to Laura Meckler, National Education reporter at The Washington Post. What is happening is that their conversations and pretty much every district cross country about how this situation and there are some that you plan to open up as normal five days a week..