US executes federal inmate for 1994 murder

(BBC) – US federal officials have put to death a man who abducted and murdered a teenage girl in 1994.

Orlando Hall, 49, was one of three people the Trump administration is planning to execute before Joe Biden takes over as president in January.
Mr Biden has said he would work to end the federal death penalty, which had not been used in 17 years before Mr Trump resumed them earlier this year.
Hall was the eighth man to be put to death by federal officials this year.
He was convicted of the kidnapping, rape, and murder of Lisa Rene, 16, whose brothers had been involved in a drug dispute with Hall and his four accomplices. Prosecutors say the men dragged Rene away from her home while she was studying and abused her for two days before burying her alive near Pine Bluff, Arkansas.

He was put to death by lethal injection at a US prison in Terre Haute, Indiana late on Thursday night after the Supreme Court vacated a last-minute stay of execution.

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