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Iowa meth kingpin is 3rd executed by US government this week

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Posted at 11:33 PM, Jul 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-18 01:21:40-04

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — The U.S. government has put to death an Iowa chemistry student-turned-meth kingpin convicted of killing two children and three adults.

It is the third execution by the federal government in one week after a 17-year hiatus.

Dustin Honken, who prosecutors said killed key witnesses to stop them from testifying in his drugs case, received a lethal injection at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Two others were also put to death this week: Kansan Wesley Purkey and Oklahoman Daniel Lewis Lee.