William LeCroy execution: Federal authorities kills inmate who blamed homicide sufferer for utilizing witchcraft on him


William Emmett LeCroy, 50, was discovered responsible in March 2004 of carjacking leading to demise by a jury within the US District Courtroom for the Northern District of Georgia.

LeCroy’s attorneys Tuesday appealed to the US Supreme Courtroom for a keep of execution, however within the first order since Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s demise, the courtroom denied the request.

A pool reporter mentioned he was pronounced useless at 9:06 p.m. ET.

In line with the US Division of Justice, LeCroy killed Joann Lee Tiesler in 2001 whereas he was attempting to flee the nation.

Tiesler’s father, Tom, mentioned Tuesday in a written assertion that “justice was lastly served.”

“I remorse that it took nineteen years to get thus far but it surely has introduced some wanted closure to Joann’s household and buddies,” he mentioned.

When a jail official leaned over him Tuesday evening, gently pulled off LeCroy’s masks and requested whether or not he had any final phrases for assembled witnesses, LeCroy responded calmly and matter of factly: “Sister Battista is about to obtain within the postal service my final assertion,” in accordance with the pool reporter.

The pool reported that LeCroy saved his eyes open because the deadly injection was administered. His eyelids started to slowly shut as his midsection rapidly started to heave uncontrollably for a minute or two. After a number of extra minutes, shade drained from his limbs, his face turned ashen and his lips have been tinted blue.

LeCroy advised psychiatrist that sufferer had positioned a spell on him

The Division of Justice mentioned LeCroy broke into Tiesler’s dwelling whereas the nurse was away, after which “attacked her, certain her fingers behind her again, strangled her with {an electrical} wire, and raped her. Then he slashed her throat with a knife and stabbed Tiesler, 30, within the again 5 occasions,”.

In line with an appellee’s transient filed in 2013, LeCroy’s attorneys employed a psychiatrist to judge LeCroy. Through the examination, LeCroy advised the psychiatrist, “he believed that Joann Tiesler was the babysitter who sexually abused him twenty years earlier than and that he blamed the babysitter for lots of the issues that he had had as an grownup.

“Due to his beliefs in witchcraft, defendant (LeCroy) got here to imagine that the babysitter had positioned a spell on him, and that he must drive the babysitter (Ms. Tiesler) to reverse the spell.”

LeCroy — who was on supervised probation launch after 10 years in state and federal jail for baby molestation, statutory rape, housebreaking and aggravated assault — stole Tiesler’s car and headed to the Canadian border the place he was arrested, the discharge says.

“His conviction and sentence have been affirmed on attraction, and his requests for collateral reduction have been rejected by each courtroom that thought of them,” the discharge provides.

It was the sixth federal execution for the reason that Justice Division ended a 17-year hiatus on the follow in July.

Lawyer Common William Barr mentioned in 2019 executions would resume beneath the Trump administration.

“The Justice Division upholds the rule of legislation — and we owe it to the victims and their households to hold ahead the sentence imposed by our justice system,” he mentioned.

Below Barr’s path, the Federal Execution Protocol Addendum changed a process utilizing three medicine with one, pentobarbital, in accordance with a information launch.

CNN Ariane de Vogue and Christina Carrega contributed to this report.


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