Protests to continue in response to federal executions

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)– Community leaders have spent several days protesting near the federal prison in Terre Haute in response to federal executions and the death penalty.

Protesters said with two other executions scheduled this week, they said they plan to make their voices heard no matter.

“I will be here for everyone, I suspect some other people will join us. It’s very difficult because the timing is crazy. Sometimes they’re stayed and sometimes it goes on,” Rev. Bill Breeden said.

Lee was among two other inmates scheduled to be executed this week.

According to Terre Haute prison officials, they are making preparations for the executions of Wesley Ira Purkey on Wednesday and Dustin Lee Honken on Friday.

Abe Bonowitz, Co-Director of Death Penalty Action, said he believes the process is being rushed.

“I’m really disappointed that the government is using such urgency when there is still litigation to happen,” he said.

Keith Dwayne Nelson is also scheduled to be executed in August.

Ashley Kincaid Eve, an Indiana attorney, said the United States needs to find a better way to hold criminals accountable.

“The United States right now we aren’t a country that values life and we need to be. I think that America can be much greater than this,” she said.

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