US executes drug trafficker

16 January, 2021 12:00 AM printer

WASHINGTON: US federal authorities executed a former drug trafficker who had contracted Covid-19 late Thursday, and a final execution of Donald Trump’s administration was scheduled for Friday with just five days left of his presidency, reports AFP.

Corey Johnson was part of a gang implicated in 10 murders in 1992 in the US state of Virginia. He was convicted in federal court for his involvement in seven of them.

The 52-year-old African American received a lethal injection at the federal penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana, and was pronounced dead at 11:34 pm (0434 GMT Friday). He addressed the families of his victims in his final statement. “I would have said I was sorry before, but I didn’t know how. I hope you will find peace,” he said.

On Friday, authorities plan to execute Dustin Higgs, a 48-year-old Black man convicted of kidnapping and killing three young women on federal land near Washington in 1996.