Lee, a Republican, granted death row inmate Harold Wayne Nichols temporary reprieve on Friday, citing the Covid-19 pandemic.
Nichols raped and killed Karen Pulley in 1988. He was to die on August 4.
“I grant Harold Wayne Nichols a temporary stay of execution until December 31, 2020, due to the challenges and disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Lee wrote on Twitter.
Lee’s order does not state a specific reason why execution should be delayed due to the pandemic.