U.S. executes second inmate at federal prison in 2 days

 The Federal Government of outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump allowed the execution on Friday of a man convicted of murder, the second of it within two days.

Alfred Bourgeois, 56, died by lethal injection on Friday evening at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana, according to media reports.

In 2004 he was found guilty of abusing, torturing and killing his two-and-a-half-year-old daughter.

On Thursday, 40-year-old Brandon Bernard died by lethal injection, also at the Correctional Complex in Terre Haute.

Bernard was arrested for a double murder committed as an 18-year-old gang member and sentenced to death by a jury.

Reality TV star Kim Kardashian West expressed strong opposition to him receiving the death penalty.

The U.S. Supreme Court had rejected a motion to stay the execution of Bernard on Thursday evening.

The U.S. Justice Department is planning several federal executions of convicted criminals before president-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated on January 20.

Biden, a Democrat, rejects the death penalty. Trump, a Republican, enforced the reintroduction of executions at the federal level.

While many U.S. states enforce the death penalty there have been no federal executions since 2003. Since then, federal courts have continued to hand down the death penalty, but it has not been carried out until recently.

The Department of Justice resumed executions in July after a 17-year hiatus on the federal level. (dpa/NAN)

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