Orlando Hall, who was convicted for the kidnapping and death of Lisa Rene in 1994, was the eighth federal prisoner to be executed this year after a two-year hiatus.
A man convicted of kidnapping, brutal rape and murder of a 16-year-old girl from Texas was executed in Terre Hott Prison, Indiana. Orlando Hall, 49, was pronounced dead at 23:47 after being injected with a lethal injection. In his last words, Hall preached, thanked those who supported him and tried to calm them down by saying: “I am okay. “Tell my children that I love them,” he said at the end.
Hall was among the five people convicted of the 1994 kidnapping and death of Lisa Rene. According to federal court records, Hall was a marijuana dealer in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and sometimes bought his drugs in the Dallas area. There on September 24, 1994, he met two men at a car wash and gave them $4,700 in the hope that they would return later with marijuana. These two were René’s brothers.
Instead, the men took their car and the money was stolen. Hall and his associates decided to visit the brothers’ house in Arlington, Texas. When Hall and three other men arrived, only young Lisa Rene was at home. They took her away from the house, beat her, raped her, poured gasoline on her and set her on fire, and then buried her still alive.
The Supreme Court dismissed last-minute lawsuits filed by Hall’s attorneys, who claimed that racial bias played a role in the sentencing process and also expressed concerns about the execution protocol and other constitutional issues.
Before the Trump administration resumed executions on a federal scale this year, only three federal prisoners had been executed in the past 56 years. Two more executions are scheduled for later this year.