Daniel Lewis Lee Wiki – Daniel Lewis Lee Biography
Daniel Lewis Lee is an American white supremacist and convicted murderer who was sentenced to death for the 1996 murders of William Mueller and his family. Lee and his accomplice, Chevie Kehoe, murdered gun dealer William Frederick Mueller, his wife, and his 8-year-old step-daughter, in Arkansas, on January 11, 1996.
Kehoe was sentenced to three consecutive life sentences for the Mueller murders. Lee was also convicted for his role in the murders and was sentenced to death by the United States federal government, in spite of pleas for clemency from the Muellers’ family members. Lee was scheduled to be executed on July 13, 2020, but on that date, a U.S. district judge blocked the execution, citing unresolved legal issues. If executed, he will become the first person to be executed by the Federal Government in 17 years.
January 31, 1973 (age 47)
Yukon, Oklahoma, U.S.
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Death (May 4, 1999)
Lee was born on January 31, 1973, in Yukon, Oklahoma. He was reportedly abused and neglected as a child. On July 24, 1990, in Oklahoma City, then 17-year-old Lee got into an altercation with another man, Joseph “Joey” Wavra III, at a party. Lee struck Wavra in the face and kicked him on the floor once he’d collapsed. He then assisted his cousin, John David Patton, in moving Wavra to a sewer tunnel. Lee took items from Wavra and handed Patton a knife which Patton used to kill him. Lee then assisted in disposing of Wavra’s clothes. On December 2, 1990, Lee pleaded guilty to robbery, whereupon the murder charge was dismissed. He was sentenced to five years imprisonment for his involvement in the crime, while Patton was sentenced to life without parole.
Lee met white supremacist Chevie Kehoe in 1995, and was recruited into a group called the APR. The APR was a white supremacist organization known as the Aryan Peoples’ Republic or the Aryan Peoples’ Resistance. Kehoe formed the APR to establish an independent nation of white members of the Christian Identity faith. On May 3, 1995, Lee was convicted of carrying a concealed weapon and was sentenced to six months probation.
Mueller family murders
In January 1996, Lee and Kehoe left the state of Washington and traveled to Arkansas. On January 11, 1996, they arrived at the home of William Frederick Mueller, a gun dealer who lived near Tilly, Arkansas, who owned a large collection of weapons, ammunition, and cash. Kehoe and his father had robbed Mueller back in February 1995, and Kehoe planned to find valuable property at the house. Dressed in police raid clothing, the two men tried to enter the home of Mueller, but they were not at home. When the Muellers returned, Lee and Kehoe overpowered and incapacitated Mueller and his wife, Nancy Ann Mueller (née Branch). They then questioned Nancy Mueller’s 8-year-old daughter, Sarah Elizabeth Powell, about where they could find the cash, guns, and ammunition. After finding $50,000 in cash, guns, and ammunition, they shot each of the three victims with a stun gun, causing them to pass out. They then placed plastic bags over their heads, and sealed the bags with duct tape, suffocating them to death. There was undisputed evidence that Lee was unwilling to kill Sarah, so Kehoe killed her. They took the victims in Kehoe’s vehicle to the Illinois Bayou, where they taped rocks to them and threw each family member into the swamp. The bodies were discovered in Lake Dardanelle near Russellville, Arkansas in late June 1996.
Kehoe and his family took the stolen property to a motel in Spokane, Washington, by way of the Christian Identity community of Elohim City, Oklahoma. On June 17, 1997,
Judge blocks the first federal execution in 17 years
A federal judge prevented convicted murderer Daniel Lewis Lee and three others from scheduled planning, citing continuing challenges against the federal government’s lethal injection protocol.
Lee is scheduled to be executed on Monday, the first federal execution in 17 years.
Judge Tanya Chutkan’s precaution order in Washington DC applies to three other inmates at the time of death: Wesley Ira Purkey, Dustin Lee Honken, and Keith Dwayne Nelson.
The decision of the Ministry of Justice appealed to the Supreme Court.
Two other appeals are waiting in the Supreme Court, asking for the postponement of execution. One of these concerns the family of Lee victims who are interested in traveling during a coronavirus pandemic and going to a federal prison. The second concerns the evidence submitted by the prosecutors during the criminal trial.
Lee, a one-time white supremacist who killed a family of three, was originally scheduled for execution in December, but his case was postponed when the courts prevented the execution of the death penalty.
Earlene Peterson, who was tortured, killed and emptied by Lee and a crime partner into the lake by her daughter, granddaughter, and son-in-law, opposed Lee’s execution last year, telling CNN that she did not want it done on her behalf.
Lee’s planned execution is expected to begin to fulfill the fate of prisoners who have long been sentenced to death after a series of court decisions in the past few months of the federal government.
In December, the Supreme Court upheld a lower court, which prevented the death penalty from being executed last year. However, the appeals court ruled that executions could advance in April, and Attorney General William Barr set new dates for Lee and three others in June. Since then, lawyers for men have made several recent ditches to delay postponements, including a case filed by Lee’s family of victims this week.