Man convicted in Ark. family's death gets hearing

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Modified: January 10, 2014 at 9:26 am •  Published: January 10, 2014
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A judge is scheduled to hear a request later this month to overturn the federal death sentence handed down to an Oklahoma man convicted of killing an Arkansas family in 1996 as part of a conspiracy to overthrow the federal government and create a whites-only nation in the Pacific Northwest.

Danny Lee, of Yukon, Okla., was convicted of murder in the aid of racketeering and was sentenced to death for the killings of Pope County gun dealer Bill Mueller, his wife, Nancy Mueller and her 8-year-old daughter, Sarah Powell.

Prosecutors alleged that Lee and co-defendant Chevie Kehoe stole guns and $50,000 in cash from the Muellers' home, then used a stun gun on the three victims, placed plastic trash bags over their heads and sealed the bags with duct tape to suffocate them. Prosecutors said the men then taped rocks to the bodies and dropped them in the nearby Illinois Bayou.

Kehoe was also convicted in the deaths and sentenced to life in prison.

Lee's attorneys are challenging evidence presented during sentencing that suggested Lee was a psychopath and dangerous to others.

Lee "remains the only federal prisoner facing execution whose death sentence rests on false, pseudo-scientific evidence of future dangerousness which has been thoroughly disavowed," his attorney, Karl Schwartz, wrote in a court filing. "He faces execution because his counsel should have but did not pursue this issue" at trial.


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