A federal court in Indiana granted a stay of execution Thursday to Daniel Lewis Lee, a white supremacist who was convicted 20 years ago of killing an Arkansas gun dealer and his family.
The ruling came hours after Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced that she had joined 13 other state attorneys general in supporting the U.S. Department of Justice in its pursuit of moving forward with its federal executions.
Lee was first on the list, and his execution date had originally been scheduled for Monday.
“The judge found a significant possibility that the Government was aware of, and failed to disclose, evidence undermining a key basis for [Lee’s] death sentence,” wrote Lee’s attorney, Morris Moon, in a media statement.
During his 1999 sentencing, the federal government presented evidence depicting Lee as an active participant in a grisly Oklahoma killing…