Arkansas executes first prisoner in 12 years as use of lethal injection drug allowed on death row 'conveyor belt'

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Ledell Lee, 51, convicted of beating 26-year-old Debra Reese to death during a 1993 robbery, was pronounced dead at 11.56pm local time.

Arkansas has executed its first inmate in 12 years after a long legal battle that questioned the use of the lethal injection drug.

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