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Trump administration carries out 13th and final execution

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Posted at 7:44 AM, Jan 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-16 07:44:09-05

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — The Trump administration has carried out its 13th and final federal execution, five days before President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in.

The execution early Saturday of Dustin Higgs concludes an unprecedented run of executions since July, when Trump resumed the federal death penalty after a 17-year hiatus.

Biden has signaled he'll end federal executions.

The 48-year-old Higgs was convicted in the killings of three women in a Maryland wildlife refuge.

He was the third inmate to receive a lethal injection this week at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana.

A December clemency petition for Higgs said he had been a model prisoner and was a dedicated father to a son born shortly after his arrest.