A JUDGE has postponed the execution of a murderer who kidnapped and gang-raped a 16-year-old girl in revenge over a botched drug deal.
Orlando Hall, 49, was set to be executed at 6pm on Thursday in Terre Haute, Indiana, according to The Washington Post.
However, U.S. District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan ruled a temporary blockage on Hall’s execution.
Chutkan said: “The court is deeply concerned that the government intends to proceed with a method of execution that this court and the Court of Appeals have found violates federal law.”
The delay comes as the Justice Department is trying to reestablish the federal death penalty as Donald Trump’s presidency comes to an end.
Hall is a black death-row inmate who was convicted of kidnapping and killing a teenage girl in 1994.
The 49-year-old murderer, along with four other men, kidnapped Lisa Rene from her Arlington, Texas, home 26 years ago, prosecutors said.
The revenge attack on Rene was to get back at the teen girl’s two brothers for a messed up $5,000 marijuana deal.
In a matter of 48 hours, Rene was gang-raped in Arkansas and battered with a shovel.
She was eventually buried alive.
If the lethal injection took place today as planned, Hall would have been the eighth person executed this year.
According to The Post, Hall’s lawyer’s have asked for the execution to be stopped – but the requests are awaiting decision by the Supreme Court.
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