U.S. plans to carry out eighth federal execution this year in November

Under Trump, a Republican running for re-election in November, the Justice Department has already executed twice as many men this year as all of Trump’s predecessors combined going back to 1963. (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice plans to execute Orlando Hall, a convicted murderer, on Nov. 19, according to a notice filed with a federal judge overseeing challenges to the department’s lethal injection protocol.
The United States has already carried out seven executions this year after President Donald Trump’s administration revived the punishment in the summer, ending a 17-year hiatus.
Hall, 49, was a marijuana trafficker in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, who in 1994, alongside accomplices, kidnapped, raped and murdered the 16-year-old sister of two Texas drug dealers he suspected had stolen money from him, according to court records.
He and three other men kidnapped Lisa Rene from the apartment she shared with her brothers in Arlington, Texas, in an act of revenge after they paid her brothe…

Nigeria | Court sentences serial killer to death

Oct. 9 (UPI) -- A Nigerian court handed out a rare death penalty sentence Friday to convicted serial killer Gracious David-West, accused in the deaths of nine women.

Prosecutors said David-West attacked the women in a series of incidents that started on July 19, 2019, in Port Harcourt in the Rivers State. 

Authorities arrested him two months later.

Rivers State High Court Judge Adolphus Enebele sentenced David-West to death by hanging, saying that the suspect volunteered a confession while video evidence strengthened the case against him. 

A second suspect, Nimi Thankgod, was acquitted of dumping the remains of one victim into the trash.

State prosecutor Chidi Eke said he hopes the judgment against David-West will serve as a deterrent for others. David-West's attorney, Vincent Chukwu said, though, he hopes to appeal the decision.

Death penalty sentences are rare in Nigeria. 

In January, Maryam Sanda was sentenced to death for killing her husband in a highly publicized case that split the country over the use of the penalty. 

Before that, three prisoners were executed four years ago after being on death row for two decades.

Source: upi.com, Staff, October 9, 2020

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