U.S. executes 8th inmate this year after Supreme Court lifts stay

The U.S. government executed Orlando Hall on Thursday night for his role in the kidnapping, rape, and murder of a 16-year-old Texas girl, Lisa René, whose brothers had crossed Hall in a drug deal.

He was pronounced dead at 11:47 p.m. after being given a lethal injection cocktail at the federal penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana. It was the eighth federal execution carried out this year, after Attorney General William Barr lifted a two-decade pause on federal capital punishment.

Two more executions were scheduled for December, but one was put on hold until 2021.

A federal judge had halted Hall’s execution earlier Thursday, but the Supreme Court lifted it. The court’s three liberal justices dissented.

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