Updated at 11:36 a.m. ET

The Justice Department has put to death Daniel Lee, 47, marking the first federal execution since 2003, after a chaotic overnight series of court rulings.

Lee had been convicted of killing three people, including a child, as part of a broader racketeering scheme to fund a white supremacist cause. He had waited more than 20 years on federal death row in Terre Haute, Ind.

Updated at 12:30 pm ET

A federal judge in Washington has blocked federal executions scheduled for this week, citing concerns that the lethal injection protocol involved is "very likely to cause extreme pain and needless suffering."

Judge Tanya Chutkan said the last-minute ruling only hours before executions were set to resume for the first time in 17 years was "unfortunate," but she blamed the Justice Department for racing ahead before legal challenges had been fully aired.

Updated at 11:45 a.m. ET

A judge has blocked the U.S. government's plan to begin executing federal prisoners for the first time in nearly 20 years. U.S. District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan issued a preliminary injunction Wednesday halting four executions set to begin next month over concerns about the government's lethal injection method.

Records obtained by The Associated Press show that Ohio's most recent batches of lethal execution drugs were produced by a company that wants states to stop using them for capital punishment.

Parole Board Recommends Against Clemency For McGuire

Dec 20, 2013

The Ohio Parole Board today recommended the Governor not grant clemency to a death row inmate convicted of raping and killing a pregnant Preble County woman in 1989.

Death Row Inmate Challenging Use Of New Lethal Injection Drugs

Oct 29, 2013

A death row inmate is asking a federal judge to delay his upcoming execution while he fights the state's newly announced lethal injection process.

Parole Board Rejects Clemency For Phillips

Oct 25, 2013

The Ohio Parole Board has recommended against clemency for a death row inmate facing execution on November 14th.

State Files New Execution Procedure

Oct 4, 2013

The state's new execution policy filed in federal court today would allow prisons officials to execute death row inmates with doses of a lethal injection drug prepared by specialized pharmacies, amid difficulties securing the sedative last used by the state.

State Searches For New Source Of Execution Drugs

Sep 26, 2013

When the state executed Harry Mitts earlier this week, it used the last of its execution drug.