Killer Obsessed With Witchcraft Executed By U.S. Government: Joann Lee Tiesler Biography, Wiki
Joann Lee Tiesler is identified as a Georgia nurse who was allegedly shot and killed by a former U.S soldier, William LeCroy, 50, whose obsession with witchcraft led him to kill her, whom he believed had put a spell on him.
William Emmett LeCroy, 50, was pronounced dead at 9:06 p.M. After receiving a lethal injection at the same U.S. Prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, where five others have been executed in 2020 following a 17-year period without a federal execution.
William LeCroy was pronounced dead at 9:05 p.m., executed for having raped and murdered a 30-year-old nurse. https://t.co/PI8e5TmUw4
— WTWO News (@wtwonews) September 23, 2020
Lawyers had asked President Donald Trump in a petition to commute LeCroy’s sentence to life in prison, saying that LeCroy’s brother, Georgia State Trooper Chad LeCroy, was killed during a routine traffic stop in 2010 and that another son’s death would devastate their family.
The execution began nearly three hours later than scheduled as LeCroy’s lawyers made an ultimately failed, last-minute bid to convince the U.S. Supreme Court to issue a stay.
As a curtain rose across glass windows separating witnesses from the death chamber, LeCroy lay strapped to a cross-shaped gurney, with IVs in his forearms and hands. He kept his eyes fixed firmly on the ceiling, not turning to look toward witnesses. The witnesses included the father and fiancé of Joann Lee Tiesler, whom LeCroy raped and stabbed to death 19 years ago, Justice Department spokesperson Kerri Kupec said in a statement.
LeCroy’s spiritual adviser, Sister Barbara Battista, stood a few feet away inside the chamber, her head bowed and reading softly from a prayer book.
LeCroy had said last week he didn’t want to play into what he called the “theater” surrounding his execution and so might not make a full statement in the minutes before he died, Battista told The Associated Press earlier Tuesday.
Authorities found a note LeCroy wrote before his arrest, asking Tiesler for forgiveness, according to court filings.
“You were an angel and I killed you,” the note stated. “I am a vagabond and doomed to hell.”
Tuesday’s execution took about 20 minutes. LeCroy, who was calm as he was led to the execution chamber, said his spiritual adviser, Sister Barbara Battista, would receive his final statement through the mail. Battista, who belongs to the anti-death-penalty group Sisters of Providence, served as LeCroy’s final witness, according to the AP.
“Today justice was finally served. William LeCroy died a peaceful death in stark contrast to the horror he imposed on my daughter Joann,” the victim’s father, Tom Tiesler, said in a statement. “I am unaware that he ever showed any remorse for his evil actions, his life of crime or for the horrific burden he caused Joann’s loved ones.”
Christopher Vialva, who was 19 when he murdered an Iowa couple in 1999, is scheduled to be executed Thursday, the AP reported. He would be the first Black man to be executed this year. One inmate was a Navajo; the others were white, the AP said.