Execution Set For Sole Native American On Federal Death Row

Jul 30, 2020

The U.S. government has set an execution date for the only Native American on federal death row.

The entrance to the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind.
Credit AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File

Lezmond Mitchell is scheduled to be put to death in late August. The Navajo man was among the first of a handful of inmates set to be executed after the Trump administration ended an informal 17-year moratorium. Mitchell temporarily was spared by a federal appeals court as his attorneys argued to interview jurors for potential racial bias. The court sided against Mitchell in late April. Mitchell was convicted of the 2001 murder of a Navajo woman and her 9-year-old granddaughter.