HAUTE, Ind. (CW69 News At 10) – According to the United States Department of Justice, United States Attorney General William P. Barr today directed the Federal Bureau of Prisons to schedule the executions of a federal death-row inmate who was convicted of murder in Gilmer County, Georgia. William Emmett LeCroy raped and murdered Joann Lee Tiesler, a 30-year-old nurse, in 2001.
LeCroy had previously served 10 years in federal and state prison for, among other crimes, aggravated assault, burglary, child molestation, and statutory rape. After his release to supervised probation, LeCroy began planning to flee the country. In furtherance of that plan, LeCroy broke into Tiesler’s home in Gilmer County, Georgia. Once she returned home, LeCroy attacked her, bound her hands behind her back, strangled her with an electrical cord, and raped her. He then slashed her throat with a knife and stabbed her in the back five times. LeCroy then stole Tiesler’s vehicle and drove to the Canadian border, where he was arrested.
In March 2004, a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia found LeCroy guilty of carjacking resulting in death and unanimously recommended a sentence of death. His conviction and sentence were affirmed on appeal, and his requests for collateral relief were rejected by every court that considered them.
LeCroy’s execution is scheduled for Sept. 22, 2020 and will take place at the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana.
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