August 26, 2020

US executes Native American, despite Navajo opposition

Washington (AFP) – The only Native American on federal death row was executed Wednesday against the wishes of the Navajo Nation, which called the sentence an affront to its sovereignty.Lezmond Mitchell, 38, was put to death via lethal injection in the evening at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, 19 years after he was convicted of killing a young girl and her grandmother, the prison announced.”Justice finally has been served,” said the US Justice Department spokeswoman, Kerri Kupec, in a statement.But Mitchell’s lawyers said the federal government had “added another chapter to its lon…

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