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Lundgren claimed to be a prophet, and asked his followers to financially support him before forcing them to help him murder the Avery family. He was born on March 3 1950 in Independence Missouri, and was raised a member of The Reorganised Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (RLDS). Now known as the Community of Christ, the group is an offshoot of the larger LDS church. Oxygen online article 14 February 2019
Dennis and Cheryl Avery are Mormons and avid spiritual seekers. A mesmerising leader offers them salvation but hides a darker purpose. When this prophet leads his flock on a twisted path of violence, one family’s search for the light will lead to unspeakable darkness. Killer Clans: Mormon Murders, CCTV 2016
A lesser-known offshoot of Mormonism – known as the Reorganised Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints – RLDS. ibid.
Cheryl hears about another dissatisfied church member who has started preaching on his own ... Jeff Lundgren ... A congregation of true believers is born. ibid.
Jeffrey Lundgren has now killed Dennis and Cheryl Avery in cold blood supposedly to purge sin from his group. ibid.
The Ohio Supreme Court set October 24, 2006, as Lundgren’s execution date, and according to the state attorney general’s office, as of August, 2006, he had exhausted his appeals.
On October 17, 2006, Judge Gregory L Frost issued an order temporarily delaying Lundgren’s execution. Lundgren attempted to join a lawsuit with five other Ohio death row inmates challenging the state’s death penalty law, claiming that because of his obesity the lethal injection would be particularly painful and amount to cruel and unusual punishment. State Attorney General Jim Petro appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati. The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals issued an order allowing the execution to go forward. The US Supreme Court refused a last-minute request to stop his execution, and Governor Bob Taft also denied clemency.
On October 24, 2006, Jeffrey Lundgren was executed at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville. WickedWe online article