US executes second demise row inmate in two days



second demise row inmate has been executed in as many days within the US, breaking a 130-year-old precedent of pausing federal executions throughout a presidential transition.

Alfred Bourgeois, who killed his two-year-old daughter almost 20 years in the past, died by deadly injection on Friday in Terre Haute, Indiana, after Brandon Bernard was put to demise a day earlier.

Three extra executions are deliberate earlier than Donald Trump’s presidency ends on January 20. In the event that they happen, he may have overseen essentially the most executions by a US president in additional than a century.

The deaths of Bourgeois and Bernard break a 130-year precedent of halting executions throughout a transition. President-elect Joe Biden has vowed to finish federal executions as soon as he takes workplace, after years of advocating for the demise penalty as a Democratic senator.

Bourgeois was convicted in 2004 of killing his daughter by slamming her head 4 occasions towards a truck’s window and dashboard, after changing into offended about her bathroom coaching. Prosecutors additionally alleged different bodily and sexual abuse.

His attorneys argued he had an mental incapacity and was not eligible for the demise penalty below federal legislation.

Brandon Bernard was 18 when he took half within the double homicide of a non secular couple in Iowa in 1999.

Defence attorneys had requested an emergency keep of execution, saying Bernard had been a low-level gang member, and 5 jurors from his trial had additionally requested clemency.

Kim Kardashian West was amongst these to induce Mr Trump to cease his execution. Bernard instructed Todd and Stacey Bagley’s household he was sorry shortly earlier than he was put to demise.

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