The death penalty of two convicts in the U.S. was postponed because they became ill with COVID-19.
The execution of Corey Johnson and Dustin Higgs, who were to be the last to be executed under the rule of President Donald Trump, has been postponed until at least March 16. That was the ruling made by a judge in Washington.
Defense attorneys for the convicts argued that their defendants would suffer too much from the lethal injection because of the massive lung tissue damage. The court found that excessive torture was contrary to the principles of humane execution.
Johnson has been awaiting execution for more than 28 years. He was found guilty of killing seven people because of a business dealing in illegal substances. Higgs is guilty of kidnapping and killing three young women in Maryland.
Earlier on Jan. 13, it was reported that a woman was executed in a U.S. federal prison for the first time in nearly 70 years. Lisa Montgomery, guilty of murdering a pregnant woman, received the lethal injection.