A federal demise row inmate in Indiana, who’s set to be executed shortly earlier than President-elect Joe Biden takes workplace in January, has examined constructive for coronavirus, officers mentioned.
The Bureau of Prisons informed attorneys for Dustin John Higgs — who’s on federal demise row for ordering the killings of three ladies in 1996 — that their consumer was constructive for the coronavirus at FCI Terre Haute in Indiana Thursday.
The analysis comes as greater than 300 inmates on the jail have examined constructive for COVID-19 with some being asymptomatic and different experiencing delicate signs.
Higgs’ lawyer has beforehand expressed issues that he could also be uncovered to the virus forward of his scheduled execution on Jan. 15.
The Bureau of Prisons confirmed to the Related Press that inmates on federal demise row at Terre Haute had examined constructive for COVID-19, however didn’t say what number of.
The company added that an worker working within the unit additionally contracted the virus, however didn’t have contact with workers members working executions in November or December.
To this point, Higgs is the final federal demise row inmate to be executed earlier than Biden, who has promised to abolish the federal demise penalty, is sworn in as president subsequent month.
The Trump administration has executed extra inmates in a single 12 months than another different administration in historical past.
With Put up wires