OUWA – Federal inmate executed for the murder of a Texas teen in 1994. A federal inmate has been executed for kidnapping, raping, and burying alive a Texas teenager in 1994.
Orlando Hall was executed Thursday night in Terre Haute, Indiana after the Supreme Court denied an invitation to prevent the execution. Hall, 49, is that the eighth inmate to be executed by the federal this year after a 17-year hiatus on executions.
He was sentenced to death for the 1994 kidnapping, rape, and murder of 16-year-old Lisa Rene — an honor roll student with dreams of becoming a doctor. The US Supreme Court sided with the Department of Justice on Hall’s execution.
Hall and a number of other accomplices ran a marijuana trafficking operation in Arkansas in 1994, consistent with a Department of Justice statement. After a failed drug transaction involving $4,700, they drove to Texas to the house of the person they believed had stolen their money.
The man’s 16-year-old sister, Lisa Rene, was home and refused to allow them to inside, the statement said. Although she had no reference to the drug transaction, the lads broke into the apartment, kidnapped her at gunpoint, and fled during a car to an Arkansas motel.
Rene was repeatedly raped within the car and at the motel. When Hall realized she knew an excessive amount of, the statement said, he and his accomplices took her to a park where that they had dug a grave. They beat her with a shovel, then buried her alive, consistent with the statement.
In 1995, a federal jury found Hall guilty of kidnapping and killing Rene and unanimously recommended a death sentence, consistent with the Department of Justice statement. and every one of his subsequent appeals was rejected.
According to Hall’s attorneys, he never denied his participation in Rene’s killing and showed remorse after receiving the death sentence. The attorneys say Hall didn’t receive a good trial due to a racially biased prosecutor that prohibited Black jurors from serving and had inadequate assistance of counsel.