Orlando Hall was executed Thursday night in Terre Haute, Indiana, after the Supreme Court denied a request to stop the execution. Hall, 49, is the eighth inmate to be executed by the federal government this year after a 17-year hiatus on executions.
He was sentenced to death for kidnapping, rape and murder in 1994 on 16-year-old Lisa Rene – a student’s honorary role with dreams of becoming a doctor. The U.S. Supreme Court sided with the Department of Justice over Hall’s execution.
Hall and several accomplices ran a marijuana trade in Arkansas in 1994, according to a statement from the Department of Justice. After a failed drug deal involving $ 4,700, they drove to Texas to the home of the man they thought had stolen their money.
Rene was repeatedly raped in the car and at the motel. When Hall realized she knew too much, the statement said, he and his accomplice led her to a park where they had dug a grave. They beat her with a shovel and then buried her alive, according to the statement.
In 1995, a federal jury found Hall guilty of kidnapping and killing Rene and unanimously recommending a death sentence, according to the Justice Department statement. And all his subsequent appeals were dismissed.
According to Hall’s lawyers, he never denied his involvement in Rene’s murder and showed remorse after receiving the death sentence. Lawyers say Hall did not receive a fair trial because of a racist biased prosecutor who banned black jurors from serving and had inadequate assistance from lawyers.