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Federal inmate executed for murder of Texas teen in 1994

November 20, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

A federal inmate has been executed for kidnapping, raping and burying alive a Texas teenager in 1994.

(CNN)A federal inmate has been executed for kidnapping, raping and burying alive a Texas teenager in 1994.

Hall, 49, is the eighth inmate to be executed by the federal government 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 Justice Department on Hall's execution.

Hall and several accomplices ran a marijuana trafficking operation in Arkansas in 1994, according to a Department of Justice statement.

The man's 16-year-old sister, Lisa Rene, was home and refused to let them inside, the statement said.

When Hall realized she knew too much, the statement said, he and his accomplices took her to a park where they had dug a grave.

In 1995, a federal jury found Hall guilty of kidnapping and killing Rene and unanimously recommended a death sentence, according to the Department of Justice statement.

According to Hall's attorneys, he never denied his participation in Rene's killing and showed remorse after receiving the death sentence.

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