Published on: Friday, August 28, 2020

Keith Dwayne Nelson was executed today, Friday, August 28, 2020 at 4:32 p.m. EDT, according to the Bureau of Prisons, marking the fifth federal execution in the past six weeks. The first four were Daniel Lewis Lee (July 14, 2020), Wesley Purkey (July 16, 2020), Dustin Honken (July 17, 2020) and Lezmond Mitchell (August 26, 2020).

The Justice Department reinstated federal executions in mid-July after a 17-year hiatus.

With the execution Wednesday of Lezmond Mitchell — the only Native American on federal death row — the federal government has executed more people in the past six weeks than it had in the previous 56 years combined, additional information available here.