Picture Courtesy of the Younger Household and the Innocence Venture
Ledell Lee was wrongfully convicted of homicide again in 1995.
On April 20, 2017 the state of Arkansas executed Ledell Lee, a 51-year-old Blytheville native was convicted of the homicide of his neighbor Debra Reese in 1995. Lee, 30 years previous on the time, maintained his innocence till his loss of life. On Friday, new DNA proof discovered on the homicide weapon and a bloody shirt, surfaced through the Innocence Venture and ACLU that exposed an unknown man’s genetic materials and fingerprints.
“Whereas the outcomes obtained 29 years after the proof was collected proved to be incomplete and partial,” mentioned Innocence Venture litigation counsel Nina Morrison in a press release, “it’s notable that there at the moment are new DNA profiles that weren’t out there through the trial and post-conviction proceedings in Mr. Lee’s case.”
The DNA and fingerprint profiles have been entered right into a nationwide database, however no matches have been reported. ACLU and the Innocence Venture requested new DNA testing within the case in January 2020.
“I instantly thought that is one thing we would have liked to find out and set up earlier than we executed again in 2017,” mentioned native lawyer Furonda Brasfield. “We begged the Legal professional Normal to not ask the Governor for [execution] dates to be set. Earlier than you execute somebody be sure to study the entire proof fastidiously, particularly DNA proof as a result of we all know now that the DNA proof may be compelling and definitive to say somehow.”
“We’re hopeful that a number of of those forensic legislation enforcement databases will generate extra info sooner or later,” Morrison continued.