Some crimes are so heinous, so horrific, that it’s hard to imagine why anyone would oppose the death penalty in those cases. Yet, perhaps the biggest problem with the death penalty is that it takes years – even decades – before the convict is executed.
Orlando Hall is a convict who personifies both of those issues. The crimes he committed are almost too horrific to comprehend. And, those crimes happened so long ago – in 1994 – that it’s hard to imagine how the death penalty can act as a deterrent to other crimes when it takes 26 years to carry out the death sentence.
Here, as reported by the New York Post, is the story of Hall’s crimes. Warning: This may be difficult to read given the viciousness of his crimes.
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“Orlando Cordia Hall, 49, was put to death via lethal injection late Thursday at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, where he was pronounced dead at 11:47 p.m., the Department of Justice announced.
“Court documents show Hall, who ran a marijuana trafficking operation in Arkansas with several accomplices, drove to Arlington, Texas, in September 1994 after a botched drug deal worth $4,700.
“Prosecutors said Hall and his accomplices went to the man’s home because they thought he stole their money and instead kidnapped his 16-year-old sister, Lisa Rene, after she refused to let them inside.
“Hall then raped the teen — an honors student and aspiring doctor — in a car and later drove her to a hotel in Arkansas, where he and his accomplices bound and repeatedly raped her, prosecutors said.
“The following morning, Hall said the teen had known “too much” and took her to a park where he and another man dug a grave earlier that afternoon but were unable to find the site.
“One day later, on Sept. 26, 1994, Hall and two other men took the teen to Byrd Natural Lake Area in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, where Hall placed a sheet over her head and whacked her with a shovel, prosecutors said.
“‘Rene screamed and tried to run away, but the men tackled her and took turns beating her with the shovel,’ the Justice Department said in a statement. ‘After soaking her with gasoline, they dragged her into the grave and buried her alive.’
“A federal jury convicted Hall in 1995 of kidnapping resulting in death and unanimously sentenced him to die by lethal injection.“