Arkansas Lynching: Real Murderer’s DNA found on Weapon, Lydell Lee Executed but known innocent

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The state of Arkansas blocked DNA testing of evidence when convicting and executing Ledell Lee 4 years ago but was forced by courts to finally test the murder weapon.

This was Arkansas’ first execution in well over a decade.  They were forced to stop because their criminal justice system was run by the Klan then and it is today as well.

from CNN:

(CNN)Ledell Lee maintained his innocence until the end.
Before he was executed by the state of Arkansas in April 2017, Lee gave some of his last words to the BBC, telling the broadcaster, “My dying words will always be, as it has been: I am an innocent man.”
Now, four years after Lee was put to death for the 1993 murder of Debra Reese, attorneys for his family say someone else’s DNA was found on the murder weapon, raising new questions about Lee’s conviction.

“I think if those results had been had before he was executed, he’d still be alive,” Lee Short, who had been Ledell Lee’s attorney, told CNN.

Attorneys representing Lee’s family, including those with the Innocence Project and the American Civil Liberties Union, commissioned DNA testing of the handle of the wooden club that was used to kill Reese.

Last month, they said the results showed the DNA of an unknown man.
That DNA appears to match DNA also found on a bloody white shirt that had been wrapped around the murder weapon, the attorneys said, but it’s unclear if that DNA was from the blood or other biological material like skin cells.
The attorneys also had DNA testing done for six hairs that were found at the crime scene and presented at trial in the state’s case against Lee. The summary says that testing ruled Lee out as a potential source in five of the six hairs.
The Innocence Project previously said in a January 2020 statement that there was “no physical evidence directly (connecting) Lee to Reese’s murder.” On Friday, the Innocence Project told CNN the results of the DNA testing also did not show an “absolute or conclusive” connection to Lee.
Nina Morrison, senior litigation counsel at the Innocence Project, said in a statement last month that while the results were “incomplete and partial, it is notable that there are now new DNA profiles that were not available during the trial or post-conviction proceedings in Mr. Lee’s case.”
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https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/21/us/ledell-lee-dna-investigation/index.html

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Ledell Lee was guilty. The Innocence Project, ACLU, and entire media propaganda network are complicit in pushing false narratives. This article title qualifies as journalistic malpractice.

    Do people understand that “someone else’s DNA was found” does NOT mean that LL’s DNA was not found? The Innocence Project only released a “summary” of DNA results. Why was blood DNA on LL’s shoes not mentioned? Or DNA from under the murder victim’s fingernails? Also, shoe prints at the scene were LL’s. And he spent one of the stolen $100 bills at a rental store the same day. AND even The Innocence Project had to admit that LL’s hair was found at the scene (although they worded it as ‘5 of the 6 hairs were not consistent with LL’).

    • But maybe LL was a choirboy…

      “After being charged in the murder of Reese, Lee became a suspect in other crimes. He was accused of three sexual assaults, and convicted of two, the 1991 rape of a Jacksonville woman and the 1990 rape of a Jacksonville teenager.

      He was also prosecuted for the November 1989 rape and murder of 22-year-old Christine Lewis, a mother, in November 1989. Lewis was abducted from her home. She was later raped, strangled, and eventually killed. Her body was found inside a closet at an abandoned home. Lee was tried in 1994; the jury could not reach a verdict. After Lee was convicted and sentenced to death for Reese’s murder, county prosecutors decided against retrying him for the alleged murder of Lewis.”

      Nope. Repeated violent criminal.

      I am sure there are innocent people in prison. Ledell Lee was not one of them. Why The Innocence Project won’t help these people, I have no idea. My cynical side says they only want to represent guilty people. But maybe they are just pathologically ignorant and incompetent.

      Maybe they’ll represent the rapist/murderer of 4-year-old Cash Gernon next.

  2. Ever since Arkansas went repug, the justice system has gone to hell, literally. Huckabee was/is a POS. He pardoned some of the worst criminals in the state. He totally ignored advice to not pardon one certain felon and what happened next is an all too familiar scenario. He pardoned at least 12 murderers, the most notorious Maurice Clemmons, who raped and murdered again and again. But hey, at least he went all out to keep pot illegal. The asshole we have now isn’t any better. Arkansas is now a corporate shithole. The other notorious asshole here now is Tom ‘for sale’ Cotton. He was part of the capitol gang, but showed his true colors when he cut and ran, leaving that Missouri asshole, Hawley, holding the bag. Thankfully, thanks to a small newspaper, our unconstitutional BDS law has been struck down, after being upheld by an Arkansas court. Constitution? We don’t need no stinkin’ constitution. I recently talked to the local ex-prosecutor(now my lawyer) who told me a story about our corrupt ex-sheriff (the son of a corrupt sheriff, neither was ever prosecuted) who demanded he prosecute a person for murder. He refused because the evidence was not there. A year later, the real perp was locked up, but only because he confessed to the crime.

    • Yes the eighth circuit court of appeals’s decision to strike down the BDS law was excellent. That Israeli firster Cotton is a sick phuk.

  3. U.S. Black people have 3 main problems, #1 being that the majority of us ACTUALLY believe that we ARE “Americans”, ignoring the advice Malcolm X gave us nearly 58 years ago…
    “…America has a very serious problem. Not only does America have a very serious problem, but our people have a very serious problem. America’s problem is us. We’re HER problem. The ONLY reason she has a problem is she doesn’t WANT us here. You represent a person who poses such a serious problem for America because you’re NOT wanted. Once you face this as a fact, then you can start plotting a course that will make you appear intelligent, instead of UNintelligent…you sure don’t catch hell because you’re an American, because if you was an American, you wouldn’t catch no hell. You catch hell because you’re a black man. All of us catch hell, for the same reason.” It’s time for us to give up the “American Dream” & find our own way.

  4. CNN, like all the so-called “Liberal” media, is not going to do ANYTHING except run 1) their mouths and 2) a one-time story while their Blue-party black-sellouts wring their hands and lament how “SAD” it is (the Red black-sellouts will say nothing, of course as always). Their are NEVER, NEVER, NEVER discussions about actually PUNISHING the white supremacist race soldiers, or their white supremacist prosecutors or judges who orchestrate these CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY (apparently that definition does NOT include black US “citizens”, but they will “investigate” “the police DEPARTMENT”). U.S. Black people have 3 main problems, #1 being that the majority of us ACTUALLY believe that we ARE “Americans”, ignoring the advice Malcolm X gave us nearly 58 years ago.

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