- A second death row inmate in the US has been executed in two days.
- Alfred Bourgeois was killed by lethal injection on Friday, after being convicted for the murder of his two-year-old daughter in 2002.
- His death marks the 10th execution this year in the US, after federal executions resumed this year after a 17-year pause.
- Brandon Bernard was executed by lethal injection the day before, despite pleas from his lawyers and celebrities like Kim Kardashian West.
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A second death row inmate in the US has been executed in two days, marking the 10th execution this year after federal executions resumed after a 17-year pause.
Alfred Bourgeois was killed by lethal injection in Indiana on Friday, after he was convicted of murdering his two-year-old daughter in 2002.
The Bureau of Prisons said he was declared dead at 8:21 p.m.,The New York Times reported.
The BBC reported that courts found Bourgeois guilty of physically and sexually abusing his daughter, and that he was sentenced to death in 2004.
His lawyers said that he had a severe intellectual disability, which meant that he shouldn’t be executed, the BBC reported.
The New York Times noted that the Supreme Court ruled in 2002 that those with mental disabilities could not be put to death.
Bourgeois’s execution was scheduled for January, but a court order blocked it. According to the Times, a federal judge in Indiana issued a stay for his case in March, but another court vacated that stay in October.
It is the 10th execution in the US this year
Bourgeois is the 10th federal execution this year after a 17-year hiatus.
He was executed the day after Brandon Bernard was executed by lethal injection in Indiana on Thursday.
Bernard was convicted in 2000 for his involvement in two murders in 1999, when he was 18 years old.
His lawyers argued that prosecutors withheld testimony during Bernard’s trial, that Bernard’s involvement in the incident likely took place after the two people were dead. He was a “subservient” member of the gang that committed the murders.
Several jury members who convicted Bernard of the death penalty have since come forward to say that they regret recommending the death penalty and said that they wished they chose life in prison instead.
His attorneys said in a statement: “Brandon’s execution is a stain on America’s criminal justice system.
“But I pray that even in his death, Brandon will advance his commitment to helping others by moving us closer to a time when this country does not pointlessly and maliciously kill young Black men who pose no threat to anyone.”
The BBC noted that the last time the federal death penalty was used was in 2003, and that the pause came over concerns with the drugs used in the executions.
But the government resumed executions in July.
The Associated Press also reported that Bernard’s execution was the first time an execution took place during a presidential transition period in 130 years.
Three more inmate executions are scheduled before the Trump presidency ends in January.
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