Orlando Hall Wiki – Biography
Orlando Hall was executed Thursday night in Terre Haute, Indiana, after the Supreme Court denied a request to stop the execution. Hall is the eighth inmate to be executed by the federal government this year after a 17-year hiatus on executions.
Orlando Hall Age
Orlando Hall is 49-years-old.
Executed by U.S. Government
Hall was found guilty in 1995 of several charges, including kidnapping resulting in death.
A federal inmate has been executed for kidnapping, raping and burying alive a Texas teenager in 1994.
Orlando Hall was executed Thursday night in Terre Haute, Indiana, after the Supreme Court denied a request to stop the execution. 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. After a failed drug transaction involving $4,700, they drove to Texas to the home of the man they believed had stolen their money.
The man’s 16-year-old sister, Lisa Rene, was home and refused to let them inside, the statement said. Although she had no connection with the drug transaction, the men broke into the apartment, kidnapped her at gunpoint and fled in a car to an Arkansas motel.
Rene was repeatedly raped in the car and at the motel. 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. They beat her with a shovel, then buried her alive, according to the statement.
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. And all his subsequent appeals were rejected.
According to Hall’s attorneys, he never denied his participation in Rene’s killing and showed remorse after receiving the death sentence. The attorneys say Hall did not receive a fair trial because of a racially biased prosecutor that prohibited Black jurors from serving and had inadequate assistance of counsel.
“I’m okay. Take care of yourselves,” he reportedly said in his final statement before his execution, per the AP. “Tell my kids I love them.”
A sister of the victim, Pearl Rene, issued a statement, WTWO reports, saying that the execution marked the end of “a very long and painful chapter in our lives.”
“My family and I are very relieved this is over,” she said. “We have been dealing with this for 26 years and now we’re having to relive the tragic nightmare that our beloved Lisa went through. Ending this painful process will be a major goal for our family. This is only the end of the legal aftermath. The execution of Orlando Hall will never stop the suffering we continue to endure. Please pray for our family as well as his.”
On July 14, Daniel Lewis Lee, 47, became the first inmate executed by the federal government in 17 years. The federal execution was the first to be carried out since Attorney General William Barr moved to reinstate the federal death penalty in 2019, after a nearly 20-year moratorium.
Since then, seven others have been executed in 2020, including Hall. The others include Wesley Ira Purkey, 68; Dustin Lee Honken, 52; Lezmond Mitchell, 38; Keith Dwayne Nelson, 45; William Emmett LeCroy, 50; and Christopher Andre Vialva, 40.