Donnie Cleveland Lance Bio, Wiki
Donnie Cleveland Lance is the Georgia man who said nothing as he was sentenced to death Wednesday evening after his adult children pleaded for clemency in the “circumstantial” 1997 murders of his ex-wife and her boyfriend.
A Georgia man who was convicted of killing his ex-wife and her boyfriend in 1997 will be put to death today. Donnie Cleveland Lance will be the second lethal injection execution in 2020. https://t.co/ju0UftrWsd
— WSVN 7 News (@wsvn) January 29, 2020
Donnie Cleveland Lance Age
He is 66 years old.
Donnie Cleveland Lance Children Plead for Clemency
The 66-year-old also denied having a chaplain say a prayer for him when he received a lethal injection just after 9 p.m. at the state prison in Jackson.
His children, Stephanie Lance Cape and Jessie Lance, wrote in a letter to the parole board in a clemency hearing Tuesday: “We’ve spent our whole lives with this huge gaping hole in our hearts, but at least we’ve had dad at our sides. It’s almost impossible to imagine that it could get worse”.
They have also tried to go for new DNA test to confirm if their father really committed the crime.
Donnie Cleveland Lance Silent Before Lethal Injection for Double Murder
Lance was convicted of stabbing Sabrina Lance to death with a shotgun and shooting her boyfriend Dwight Wood Jr. in the front and back after kicking in the door of his home northeast of Atlanta on November 8, 1997.
Donnie Cleveland Lance, 66, was set to receive a lethal injection at the state prison in Jackson for the killings of Sabrina “Joy” Lance and Dwight “Butch” Wood Jr. in 1997. https://t.co/Jnn0JgKiiB
— News4JAX (@wjxt4) January 30, 2020
He claimed his innocence multiple times, including his lawyers arguing no physical evidence tied him to the crime.
The request was denied by the board and the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday declined to block the execution.
There were no witnesses to the crime and no murder weapon was found, court filings revealed, and the defense argued investigators focused solely on Lance.
During the trial, the court rejected requests from the defense to test DNA evidence they said could exonerate him and arguments that the jury was packed with people who had a bias against him.
His lawyers also noted that the jury who sentenced him never heard about his mental health issues and the fact that he had an IQ close to an intellectual disability.
According to prosecution, the witnesses confirmed that Lance has threatened to kill his ex-wife multiple times if she started dating Wood, after their marriage.
Lance was visited by 15 family members, one friend and his attorneys before his lethal injection Wednesday.