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Dustin Higgs, last convict scheduled to die under Trump, is executed breaking news SonDakika-Haberleri.Net

Higgs was the thirteenth federal convict put to death under Trump and the third this week to receive a lethal injection.

Dustin Higgs, last convict scheduled to die under Trump, is executed breaking news SonDakika-Haberleri.Net

Higgs was the thirteenth federal convict put to death under Trump and the third this week to receive a lethal injection.

Dustin Higgs, last convict scheduled to die under Trump, is executed breaking news SonDakika-Haberleri.Net
16 Ocak 2021 - 10:00

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The last federal prisoner to be put to death under the Trump administration was executed early Saturday at the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Dustin Higgs, 48, was convicted in the 1996 kidnapping and killings of three women in a Maryland wildlife refuge. Higgs, who was pronounced dead at 1:23 a.m., was the thirteenth federal convict put to death under Trump.

He was the third to receive a lethal injection this week at the federal prison in Terre Haute.

Higgs was infected with Covid–19, and his lawyers argued that the fatal injection of pentobarbital would "subject [him] to a sensation of drowning akin to waterboarding" as a result of virus-related lung damage, according to court documents.

They also noted his codefendant, Willis Haynes, was spared the death penalty.

On Thursday night, Corey Johnson, a 52-year-old who was convicted in a series of gang crimes that included seven murders, was executed at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute. He also had Covid-19.

His lawyers argued that his lack of mental fitness, including childhood IQ tests that place him in the mentally disabled category, should have precluded him from execution.

President-elect Joe Biden, scheduled to be inaugurated Wednesday, opposes the federal death penalty and has signaled he’ll end its use.

Friday night the U.S. Supreme Court vacated a stay in Higgs' case, which allowed the execution to move forward.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who dissented, wrote, "After seventeen years without a single federal execution, the Government has executed twelve people since July."

"Today, Dustin Higgs will become the thirteenth," she continued. "To put that in historical context, the Federal Government will have executed more than three times as many people in the last six months than it had in the previous six decades."

Trump’s Justice Department resumed federal executions last year following a 17-year hiatus. No president in more than 120 years had overseen as many federal executions.

The number of federal death sentences carried out under Trump since 2020 is more than in the previous 56 years combined, reducing the number of prisoners on federal death row by nearly a quarter. It’s likely none of the around 50 remaining men will be executed anytime soon, with Biden signaling he’ll end federal executions.


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