Navajo man executed inside federal prison over tribal leaders’ objections

INDIANAPOLIS – Lezmond Mitchell was put to death Wednesday evening at the federal prison in Terre Haute, according to the Associated Press.

Mitchell, 38, was a member of the Navajo Nation and the only Native American on death row. He was convicted of killing 63-year-old Alyce Slim, and her 9-year-old granddaughter, Tiffany Lee, in Arizona in 2001.

Mitchell became the fourth prisoner to be executed in Terre Haute this year. Like the three executions before him, multiple appeals were made to stay or cancel the execution.

Also like the others, the appeals were unsuccessful.

On Sunday, Mitchell’s attorneys asked the U.S. Supreme Court to halt his execution in a request that was denied Tuesday night. Attorneys also made one final request for clemency before President Donald Trump.

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