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For Ledell Lee, fighting verdict to the end futile

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

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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.

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

At a glance

THE INMATE

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.

THE VICTIM

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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