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Father charged to killed his 2-year old daughter in 2004.
Louisiana truck driver Alfred Bourgeois was executed on Friday by the US government.
The 56-year-old middle class was sentenced to death in 2004 for molesting and killing their 2-year-old daughter in Texas. According to the Associated Press, he was executed at the Federal Correctional Center in Terre Haute, Indiana.
U.S. Executes Alfred Bourgeois for Killing 2-Year-Old Daughter, Marking 10th Execution of 2020 https://t.co/7NuUnVRTyX
— People (@people) December 12, 2020
Until his death, bourgeois lawyers claimed that he had an IQ that would place him in the category of intellectual disability and should make him ineligible for the death penalty.
According to CNN, Bourgeois insisted on his innocence in his closing statement on Friday night. “I ask God to forgive all those who conspired and conspired against me and presented false evidence,” he said. “I didn’t commit this crime.”
Anti-death penalty activist Sister Helen Prejean spoke with politicians and other leaders on the Bourgeois case on Friday
“SCOTUS voted in favor of the federal government to execute Alfred Bourgeois even though he has a mental disability and an IQ between 70 and 75,” Prejean wrote on Twitter.
“The depravity and malice of this administrator’s rush to kill as many death row inmates as possible is shocking and inhumane,” added Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a representative. “We know how our prison system works. The rich + the privileged can acquire freedom and indulgence, the vulnerable die. It has to stop. Abolish the death penalty ”.
Bourgeois was the 10th inmate on death row to be executed since President Donald Trump’s administration announced the resumption of the death penalty for federal death row inmates in July 2019.
The decision, which ends a 17-year hiatus, was heavily criticized despite being defended by the Justice Department.
“The department intended to resume executions in December 2019, but due to legal disputes the trial was suspended,” a spokesperson told CNN on Friday. “After the Supreme Court ruled in favor of resuming executions, the department has continued every month except October from July 2020.”
Bourgeois’ execution comes just a day after that of Brandon Bernard, convicted of two murders for his role in the 1999 double murder of youth ministers Todd and Stacie Bagley.
“I’m sorry. These are the only words I can say that fully capture how I feel now and what I felt that day,” said Bernard, 40, before his death, according to The Associated Press. “I wish I could have it all back, but I can’t.”
There are three more federal death row executions scheduled for January before President-elect Joe Biden takes office.