A man who kidnapped and raped a girl before burying her alive has been executed by lethal injection.
Orlando Hall, 49, was put to death by lethal injection late Thursday for the 1994 murder of Lisa Rene in Texas.
Rene was kidnapped at gunpoint from her home by a group of men and taken to Arkansas where she was murdered as revenge for a botched $5,000 marijuana deal.
Hall, was among five men who abducted the sister of two drug dealers he suspected had stolen money from him in Texas.
The gang of cannabis traffickers had gone there to confront her brothers but took her at gunpoint. Orlando Hall has been in prison since he was arrested.
Hall was put to death at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, becoming the eighth inmate to be executed this year.
The US District Judge Tanya Chutkan’s request for the execution to be halted following claims that Hall, who is African American, was racially discriminated against by an all-white jury was quickly overturned by the Supreme court who ordered the killing to go ahead.
In a ruling hours before the federal execution was scheduled to go ahead, she wrote: “The court is deeply concerned that the government intends to proceed with a method of execution that this court and the Court of Appeals have found violates federal law.”
A statement on behalf of Lisa’s family was issued following the execution.
Pearl Rene said: “Today marks the end of a very long and painful chapter in our lives.
“My family and I are very relieved that this is over.”
Three of the men involved in the horrific crimes had agreed a plea deal to testify against Hall and a fifth man, and have all been released since.