Tuesday, 22 Sep 2020

Blind death row murderer who set ex-girlfriend on fire dies in electric chair

Blind murderer Lee Hall has been executed by electric chair in Tennessee after spending 28 years on death row.

The 53-year-old has been on death row since 1991 following the murder of his former girlfriend Traci Cozier.

He was convicted of throwing gasoline over her while she sat in her car.

Hall becomes only the second blind person to be sent to death since 1976, when capital punishment was re-introduced.

Because the crime happened before 1999, he was allowed to select his method of death.

Previously, his lawyers made a failed bid to get his sentence downgraded.

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“Lee Hall is blind and vulnerable,” Kathleen G. Morris, his representative, said last year filing in the Supreme Court of Tennessee.

“If confined to prison for the remainder of his natural life, Mr. Hall bears no practical risk of harm to anyone. The spectacle of his execution — guiding him to the gurney — would ‘offend humanity.’”

Tennessee governor Bill Lee said a day before his death that he would not intervene.

"The justice system has extensively reviewed Lee Hall's case over the course of almost 30 years, including additional review and rulings by the Tennessee  Supreme Court  yesterday and today," he said in a statement.

"The judgment and sentence stand based on these rulings and I will not intervene in this case."

His last meal was reported by the New York Post .

He ordered a Philly cheesesteak before he was scheduled to be put to death, they say.

He also ordered onion rings, cheesecake and a Pepsi with in-mates receiving $20 toward food before their execution.

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