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US Executes Virginia Gang Killer Despite COVID-19 Infection

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US Executes Virginia Gang Killer Despite COVID-19 Infection


TERRE HAUTE, Ind.—The U.S. government executed a drug trafficker Thursday for slaying seven people in a burst of violence in Virginia’s capital in 1992, with some witnesses in the death-chamber building applauding as the 52-year-old was pronounced dead. Corey Johnson’s execution went ahead after his lawyers scrambled to stop it on grounds that the lethal injection of pentobarbital would cause him excruciating pain due to lung damage from his coronavirus infection last month. He was the 12th inmate executed at the prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, since the Trump administration restarted federal executions following a 17-year hiatus. The last during the Trump administration was set for Friday. Johnson, who his lawyers said was severely mentally disabled, was pronounced dead at 11:34 p.m. When asked if he had any last words, Johnson appeared distracted, focusing on a room to his left designated for members of his family. Still glancing around, he …

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