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The only Native American on federal death row was put to death Wednesday, despite objections from many Navajo leaders who had urged President

by Cierra Lugo (2020-09-04)


The only Native American on federal death row was put to death Wednesday, despite objections from many Navajo leaders who had urged President Donald Trump to halt the execution on the grounds it would violate tribal culture and sovereignty.

With the execution of Lezmond Mitchell for the grisly slayings of a nine-year-old and her grandmother, the federal government under the pro-death penalty president has now carried out more executions in 2020 than it had in the previous 56 years combined.

Mitchell, 38, expressed no remorse during the public portion of the execution. In case you have just about any concerns regarding in which along with how to employ OH?, you possibly can call us from our webpage. Asked by a prison official if he had any last words for victims' family members and other witnesses behind glass at the death chamber, Mitchell casually responded, 'No, I'm good.'

Lezmond Mitchell, 38, (pictured) the only Native American on federal death row - who murdered a nine-year old girl and her 63-year-old grandmother - will be put to death today unless Donald Trump wades in and signs a clemency petition

Mitchell was sentenced to death for the brutal slayings of Tiffany Lee, 9, and Alyce Slim, 63, (pictured) after they offered him and his accomplice Johnny Oslinger a lift in their pickup truck as they hitchhiked on the Navajo Nation in 2001 

Daniel Lee, father of Tiffany Lee, wipes tears after a statement by his attorney on Wednesday

Moments later, prison officials began the lethal injection of pentobarbital that flowed to IVs in his hands and forearms in the tiny, pale-green death chamber at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana.

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Mitchell lay strapped down on his back, his glasses still on and a medical mask across his face, never moving or tilting his head to look around the room.
His chest heaved and his thumb tapped the gurney momentarily, as his breathing became labored and his stomach area began to throb. But after about 10 minutes, Mitchell no longer appeared to move at all and his partially tattooed hands turned pale.