Supreme Court Approves 2nd Federal Execution in 17 Years

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Early Thursday morning, just two days after Daniel Lewis Lee was the first federal prisoner executed in 17 years, the Supreme Court approved another.

In a 5-4 vote, the court lifted two court orders on keeping the execution of Wesley Ira Purkey on hold.

Purkey is a convicted murder who kidnapped, raped, and killed a 16-year-old girl.

Then he dismembered, burned, and dumped the body in a septic pond.

He also used a claw hammer to kill an 80-year-old women who suffered from polio.

Government lawyers say the execution should be taking place later Thursday.