TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — A judge has placed a hold on the scheduled execution of a man convicted of kidnapping and raping a 16-year-old Texas girl, bludgeoning her with a shovel and burying her alive.
The decision was announced hours before Orlando Hall was scheduled to be put to death by the federal government.
Hall was scheduled to die by lethal injection at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana on Thursday evening.
U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan said the execution must be put on hold as the court weighs constitutional questions raised by Hall’s attorneys, including concerns over the federal Bureau of Prisons’ protocols for executions.
Hall’s lawyers have also argued that bias played a role in his death sentence; Hall is Black, and his sentence was recommended by an all-white jury.