William LeCroy is the former U.S. soldier who was reportedly executed by the federal government after he said an obsession with witchcraft led him to kill a Georgia nurse he believed had put a spell on him.
On Tuesday, 50-year-old LeCroy would be the sixth federal inmate executed by lethal injection this year at the U.S. prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, DailyMail reported.
LeCroy, who joined the Army at 17 but was soon after discharged for going AWOL, is white, as one of two more inmates put to death this week.
What was William LeCroy’s crime?
LeCroy had known the victim, identified as 30-year-old Joann Lee Tiesler, because she lived near a relative´s home and would often wave to her.
On October 7, 2001, LeCroy broke into the Cherrylog, Georgia, the mountain home of Tiesler, and waited for her to return from a shopping trip.
When she arrived at the door, LeCroy hit her with a shotgun, bound and raped her.
He then slashed her throat and stabbed her in the back many times, a report said.
William LeCroy Under Investigation
Later, LeCroy told investigators he´d come to believe she might have been the old babysitter he called Tinkerbell, who LeCroy claimed s*xually molested him as a child.
After killing Tiesler, he realized that couldn´t possibly be true.
LeCroy was reportedly arrested two days after the murder while driving Tiesler’s truck after passing a U.S. checkpoint in Minnesota heading to Canada.
Authorities discovered a note LeCroy wrote before his arrest in which he asked Tiesler for forgiveness, according to court filings. ‘You were an angel and I killed you’, it read. ‘I am a vagabond and doomed to hell’.
LeCroy later spoke about an interest in witchcraft that began during a previous stint in prison.
LeCroy claimed to have ruminated for days before the slaying about how Tiesler was Tinkerbell and that assaulting her would reverse a hex she put on him.
After he cut her throat, he went to Tyler’s computer to search for books about witchcraft, filings say.
In 2004, LeCroy was charged with a death sentence by the federal government.
William LeCroy’s Lawyers
LeCroy’s lawyers have sought to halt the execution on appeal on several grounds, including that his trial lawyers didn´t properly emphasize evidence about his mental health that could have prevented the death sentence.
None of those appeals have succeeded, though lawyers could continue to ask for court intervention up to the hour of his scheduled execution. Last-minute legal appeals by the previous five death-row inmates all failed.
William LeCroy Set To Be Executed
was pronounced dead at 9:06 pm ET at the same U.S. prison in where five others have been executed in 2020 following a without a federal execution.
Lawyers had asked President Trump in a petition to commute LeCroy’s sentence to life in prison, saying that LeCroy’s brother, Georgia State Trooper Chad LeCroy, was killed during a routine traffic stop in 2010 and that another son’s death would devastate the LeCroy family, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
“The pain and sorrow felt by the LeCroy family at potentially losing two of their sons are unimaginable”.