The outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration carried out its last federal execution when
Dustin John Higgs convicted of kidnapping and murdering three women in 1996, was executed by
lethal injection in the early hours of Saturday.
Higgs became the 13th and last federal death row inmate to be executed since the U.S. Justice
Department restarted federal executions in July 2019, CNN reported.
According to CNN, Higgs’ execution went forward despite his attorney, Shawn Nolan’s appeal to delay the proceeding because of Higgs’ Covid-19 diagnosis. Nolan also argued that Higgs was unfairly sentenced since the actual gunman is serving a life sentence.
In January 1996, Higgs along with two friends drove to Washington DC to pick up Black, Jackson, and Chinn, whom Higgs had invited to his apartment in Laurel, Maryland, according to a Department of Justice statement.