US executes seventh federal inmate in three months

Washington (AFP) – The United States on Thursday executed an African-American man sentenced to death for a 1999 double murder, the seventh execution of a federal inmate in three months despite pleas from his lawyers that he was not mentally an adult at the time of the crime. Christopher Andre Vialva, 40, died by lethal injection at 6:46 pm at the federal prison at Terre Haute, Indiana, the Department of Justice said.Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court had rejected an appeal made by his lawyers.He was sentenced to death in 2000 after stealing a young couple’s car in Texas, locking them in the…

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