A JUDGE has postponed the execution of a murderer who kidnapped and gang-raped a 16-year-old girl in revenge over a botched drug deal.
Orlando Hall, 49, was set to be executed at 6pm on Thursday in Terre Haute, Indiana, according to The Washington Post.
However, U.S. District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan ruled a temporary blockage on Hall's execution.
Chutkan said: “The court is deeply concerned that the government intends to proceed with a method of execution that this court and the Court of Appeals have found violates federal law."
The delay comes as the Justice Department is trying to reestablish the federal death penalty as Donald Trump's presidency comes to an end.
Trump restarted federal executions when he positioned himself as a law and order 2020 presidential candidate amid a wave of racially-charged unrest across the US.
Hall is a black death-row inmate who was convicted of kidnapping and killing a teenage girl in 1994.
The 49-year-old murderer, along with four other men, kidnapped Lisa Rene from her Arlington, Texas, home 26 years ago, prosecutors said.
The revenge attack on Rene was to get back at the teen girl's two brothers for a messed up $5,000 marijuana deal.
In a matter of 48 hours, Rene was gang-raped in Arkansas and battered with a shovel.
She was eventually buried alive.
If the lethal injection took place today as planned, Hall would have been the eighth person executed this year.
According to The Post, Hall's lawyer's have asked for the execution to be stopped – but the requests are awaiting decision by the Supreme Court.
The decision to set back Hall's fate was made just hours before his execution.
Meanwhile, an inmate who strangled a pregnant mom and cut the baby from her womb is set to the be the first woman executed in 70 years in the United States
US Justice Department officials have announced last month that Lisa Montgomery will be put to death by lethal injection on December 8.
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