For a second federal execution in as many days, the Supreme Court paved the way. The High Court, holding the execution of Wesley Ira Purkey, lifted two court orders by a majority of 5-4 early Thursday.
Until disassembling, burning, and then throwing the adolescent ‘s body into a septic tank, Purkey was charged with kidney, rape, and killer of a 16-year-old teen. After using a claw hammer to kill a woman in polio of the 80-years-old he was also accused of becoming a State Court in Kansas.
The attorneys of Purkey argued that he had dementia and was unable to act. It also claimed that the Government would need to set a new date if Purkey ‘s execution did not take place on Wednesday. But government lawyers said that Thursday’s execution could not be halted by the lifting of injunctions by the Supreme Court.
The federal correctional facility in Terre Haute in Indiana was set to execute Purkey by lethal injections. On Tuesday, after his 11-hour legal attempt failed, Daniel Lewis Lee was killed at the same plant. In a conspiracy in the 1990s, he was convicted to create a white-only nation for killing the Arkansas Family.
Judge Sonia Sotomayor said that “the method of execution of Purkey now raises a veil of constitutional doubt over the most irrevocable injuries, amid serious concerns and conclusive findings concerning her psychological competencies,” together with Liberal fellow judges Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, and Elena Kagan.
The problem of Purkey’s mental health came before his 2003 trial, and the jury had to vote to kill Jennifer Long in Kansas City, Missouri, 16.
Prosecutors told her that she was raped and stabbed, with a chain seal dismembering her, burning his body, and dumping her ash in the Kansas Pond. In the death of 80-year-old Mary Ruth Bales, from Kansas City, Kansas, Purkey was separately convicted and sentenced to death.
The lawyers of Purkey argued that he is suffering from the promotion of Alzheimer’s disease in recent file reports.
Rebecca Woodman was one of his attorneys, and said, “He has long taken responsibility for the crimes he was placed on the death row. ‘He no longer knows rationally why the Government plans to carry it out as his dementia progresses.’
The slain teenager ‘s mother, Glenda Lamont, said she was hoping to be in Purkey’s excitement last year at The Kansas City Star.
“I don’t want to pretend I ‘m pleased,” said Lamont. “He’s also a mad fellow who doesn’t want to breathe anymore, in my opinion.”
A federal judge repeatedly refused Dustin Lee Honken ‘s appeal on Wednesday to postpone his execution, which was an Iowan drug kingpin scheduled for Friday. The judge confirmed that he was not going to delay the execution of Honken due to the pandemic of coronavirus and said that he was better able to weigh the risks.