For Ledell Lee, fighting verdict to the end futile

Prosecutor: As serial rapist, killer, he deserved his death


Photographs by Benjamin Krain

Ledell Lee is shown at Pulaski County Circuit Court in this photo.

More than two decades after he was found guilty in the slaying of a Jacksonville woman, Ledell Lee died by lethal injection Thursday night amid his protestations of innocence and last-ditch efforts for court-ordered DNA tests.


This photo of Debra Reese was taken shortly before she was murdered by Ledell Lee on Feb 9, 1993. + Enlarge

At a glance


Ledell Lee

Age: 51

From: Jacksonville.

Sentenced: Oct. 16, 1995, in Pulaski County.

Police arrested Lee within hours of the 1993 beating death of Debra Reese, 26, in Jacksonville, after he was linked to the crime by eyewitness testimony from a neighbor. He maintains his innocence.


Debra Reese

Age: 26

Hometown: Jacksonville

How it happened: Reese was bludgeoned to death and strangled during a home invasion Feb. 9, 1993.

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