Daniel Lewis Lee

Daniel Lee followed a familiar path into crime. Raised in a neglectful and violent home, Lee was arrested for his part in the July 24, 1990, robbery and murder of Joseph Wavra III in Oklahoma City. Sentenced to five years in prison, Lee was recruited in to the violent white supremacist Aryan People’s Resistance in 1995.

On January 11, 1996, Lee and Chevie Kehoe raided the Arkansas home of gun dealer William Frederick Mueller. They killed Mueller, his wife, Nancy, and her 8-year old daughter, Sarah Elizabeth Powell, and stole tens of thousands of dollars of cash and guns.

Though Kehoe was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment and the presiding U.S Attorney favored the pursuit of similar charges against Lee, the Clinton administration pressed for capital charges. Daniel Lewis Lee was convicted of violations of the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) statute and three murders in aid of racketeering and was sentenced to death on May 4, 1999.

After numerous unsuccessful appeals, Lee was among the federal death row inmates selected by Attorney General William Barr to face execution. He was executed by lethal injection at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, on July 13, 2020.

Author: Bill Lofquist

I am a sociologist and death penalty scholar at the State University of New York at Geneseo. I am also a Pittsburgh native. My present research focuses on the history of the death penalty in Allegheny County (Pittsburgh), Pa. This website is dedicated to collecting, analyzing, and sharing information about all Allegheny County cases in which a death sentence was imposed. Please share any questions or comments, errors or omissions, or other matters of interest related to these cases or to the broader history of the death penalty in Allegheny County.

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