Ex-soldier sentenced to execution after ‘murdering woman who cast spell on him’

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An ex-soldier who was on death row for the murder of a woman he thought "cast a spell on him" was sentenced to be executed.

William Emmet LeCroy, 50, was "obsessed with witchcraft" when he raped and killed the woman in 2001.

The former US soldier was to be put to death by a lethal injection on Tuesday, 19 years after the horrific attack, reports New York Post.

LeCroy was set for his death at a federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, for the murder of Joann Lee Tiesler, 30.

The killer's lawyers had fought to get his sentence reduced to life imprisonment, however, the petition to President Donald Trump was unsuccessful.

As part of their plea, lawyers argued the death of LeCroy's brother in 2010 should be taken into account for the suffering of LeCroy's family.

The petition said: “The pain and sorrow felt by the LeCroy family at potentially losing two of their sons is unimaginable."

LeCroy's brother, Georgia State Trooper Chad LeCroy, died during a routine traffic stop according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

In 2001, October, LeCroy broke into Joann's home as she was out shopping.

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As she entered, he shot at her, before raping her, and stabbing her in the back.

Speaking to investigators, LeCroy said at the time he believed the 30-year-old woman was his former babysitter.

He also claimed she sexually abused him as a child, and that killing her would reverse a "hex" put on him, according to New York Post.

However, he later said after killing her he realised this was not true.

Cops found a note to Joann from LeCroy in which he asked her for forgiveness.

It read: “You were an angel and I killed you,

“I am a vagabond and doomed to hell.”

The murderer had become obsessed with witchcraft after being discharged from the army for going AWOL.

His execution would be the sixth federal inmate to be put to death by a lethal injection this year at Terre Haute.

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