The United States Government executed this Friday Alfred Bourgeois, a man who was sentenced to death for murdering his 2-year-old daughter in 2002 in the state of Texas.
Bourgeois, a 56-year-old African-American, was pronounced dead at 8:21 p.m. local time (01:21 GMT) after receiving a lethal injection in the Terre Haute (Indiana) jail, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP, in English). ).
Bourgeois’s was the 10th execution ordered by the Donald Trump administration during the second half of 2020, the first in almost two decades within the federal system and an unprecedented streak since the reintroduction of the death penalty four decades ago.
In fact, the United States Government ordered no more than 10 executions in a single year since 1896 during the Grover Cleveland Presidency (1885-1889 and 1893-1897).
Bourgeois was a transporter living in Louisiana with his wife and two children when in 2002 he obtained partial custody of a 2-year-old girl (Jakaren Harrison) that he had had with another woman in Texas.
For a month in the summer of 2002, Bourgeois traveled in his truck with the little girl, abusing and torturing her with blows and burns, frustrated by her use of her children’s toilet, according to court documents.
One day, during a delivery in Corpus Christi, Texas, Bourgeois was enraged at the little girl after the toilet tipped over and hit her to death against the dashboard and a window of the truck.
Although the girl was taken to a hospital still alive, she died the next day from brain damage.
Bourgeois was tried and convicted in 2004 within the federal justice system because the crime took place inside the Corpus Christi Naval Air Station, where he was delivering supplies.
This Friday was the seventeenth execution of the year in the United States, ten federal and seven state. Since the Supreme Court restored the death penalty in 1976, 1,529 prisoners have been executed in the country, although only thirteen of them at the hands of the federal government.
US Attorney General William Barr has scheduled three more executions before Trump is forced to step down on January 20 and Democrat Joe Biden, who now advocates for the abolition of the death penalty, takes office.
The next of the three scheduled executions is that of the only woman sentenced to death in the federal system, Lisa Marie Montgomery, on January 12, while the other two will be days later.