A man convicted of kidnapping, raping and beating a Texas teenager with a shovel was executed by the federal government on Thursday.
Orlando Hall, 49, was put to death by lethal injection in Indiana in front of a crowd of onlookers just before midnight, according to the Associated Press. The convicted rapist, who was killed after a denied appeal, became the eighth inmate executed by federal authorities in 2020, AP reported.
Hall, a drug dealer, was convicted in connection to the death of 16-year-old Lisa Rene in 1994, according to the news wire. The man, alongside four others, abducted Rene from her home after a botched narcotics deal, raped her multiple times in both a car and a motel and took turns beating her with a shovel, AP reported.
The teenager was then gagged, doused in gasoline and thrown into a makeshift grave, according to AP. Rene was still alive and breathing when she was buried, and a coroner determined she died of suffocation, the news wire reported.
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