Dozens Protest Executions Outside Governor's Mansion

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Dozens gathered outside the Governor's Mansion Thursday night to protest the scheduled execution of Death Row inmate, Ledell Lee.

Members of church groups and the Arkansas Coalition Against the Death Penalty held signs and a candlelight vigil. With each hour, the crowds stood in a circle saying a prayer - as the future of Lee's life was still unknown. Many staying until shortly before midnight, when Lee was officially pronounced dead.

Furonda Brasfield, with the Arkansas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty announced the crowds disappointment saying, "We were also dismayed that our governing officials wouldn't allow the innocence claims to be fully explored." She continues, "we could have very well, have executed an innocent man tonight, but we will never know that now."

The group is planning to be outside the mansion next Monday for the next scheduled execution.


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