Trump administration set to execute 3rd inmate in a week as virus-stricken Dustin Higgs maintains innocence
Added 01-15-21 11:25:02am EST - “The Trump administration is set to execute its 13th and final federal inmate Friday, brushing off his innocence claims and recent coronavirus diagnosis to cap a stunning and record-breaking execution spree. Barring any last-minute…” - Nydailynews.com
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The Trump administration is set to execute its 13th and final federal inmate Friday, brushing off his innocence claims and recent coronavirus diagnosis to cap a stunning and record-breaking execution spree.
Barring any last-minute action by the Supreme Court, 48-year-old Dustin Higgs will be put to death Friday evening at the Federal Correctional Complex in Indiana. He would be the third federal inmate to die this week, following the executions of Corey Johnson on Thursday night and Lisa Montgomery early Wednesday morning.
Higgs was sentenced to death in 2000 for the kidnapping and murder of three women — Tamika Black, 19, Tanji Jackson, 21, and Mishann Chinn, 23. Prosecutors said the former Maryland resident ordered a friend to kill the victims in January 1996 because one of them had rejected his sexual advances.
The inmate insists to this day that he’s innocent and never told his co-defendant to murder the women.
“I’m currently sitting on Death Row for a crime I didn’t commit!” he said in a statement posted on a website created by his advocates. “I wonder if it’s that I’m not yelling loud enough, or is it that the blatant miscarriage of justice of me being killed for a crime i’m certainly innocent of really doesn’t matter.”
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