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  • Dustin John Higgs is scheduled to be executed on January 15, just five days before death-penalty opponent President-elect Joe Biden is to be inaugurated
  • Higgs attorneys confirmed he tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday 
  • Comes amid fears of the rising number of Covid cases in federal prisons 

A federal prisoner scheduled to be executed just days before President-elect Joe Biden takes office has tested positive for coronavirus.

The Bureau of Prisons notified attorneys for Dustin John Higgs on Thursday that their client had tested positive for the virus.

The revelation from Higgs attorney Devon Porter comes amid concern about an exploding number of coronavirus cases in the federal prison system and specifically at the complex in Terre Haute, Indiana, where the executions are carried out. It is the only federal death row.

Higgs is scheduled to be executed January 15, just five days before death-penalty opponent Joe Biden’s inauguration.

His diagnosis marks the first known coronavirus case on federal death row and raises the possibility that his execution could be delayed by a judge if his condition deteriorates.

He is the last of those currently scheduled to be executed in a series of federal executions that began in July.

His execution date follows mass controversy last week surrounding the death of Brandon Bernard – who was given a lethal injection of phenobarbital at the same federal prison.

Bernard was 18 when he and four other teenagers abducted and robbed Todd and Stacie Bagley on their way from a Sunday service in Killeen, Texas, in 1999. The couple were shot and killed and then their car was set on fire.

The Supreme Court denied a last-minute appeal to halt Bernard’s death despite a plea from reality star turned prisoners rights activist Kim Kardashian.

Kim Kardashian slammed the US justice system, branding it *f***ed up’, after the federal government went ahead with the execution.

The Trump administration will have executed more people in a single year than any other administration in more than 130 years.

Higgs lawyers have previously raised concerns about the possibility their client would contract the virus and could present complex health issues ahead of the execution.

The Bureau of Prisons (BOP) confirmed in a statement that inmates held on federal death row – known as the Special Confinement Unit – have tested positive for COVID-19.

The BOP also said a contact tracing investigation revealed that an employee working in the unit had also tested positive for the virus.

It said the employee who had tested positive had no contact with any staff members involved in executions in November or December.

The agency declined to provide additional information or identify the number of inmates who have tested positive but said inmates who test positive or show symptoms will be placed in isolation.

One of Higgs’ lawyers, Shawn Nolan, said: ‘This is surely the result of the super spreader executions that the government has rushed to undertake in the heart of a global pandemic.

‘Following the two executions that took place last week and one other two weeks prior, the COVID numbers at the federal prison in Terre Haute spiked enormously,’ in a statement.

‘Now our client is sick. We have asked the government to withdraw the execution date and we will ask the courts to intervene if they do not.’

As of Thursday, there were more than 300 inmates with confirmed cases of COVID-19 among inmates at FCC Terre Haute.

The Bureau of Prisons said ‘many of these inmates are asymptomatic or exhibiting mild symptoms.’

Two other executions are scheduled at the prison complex in the days before Higgs is set to be put to death.

Higgs was convicted of ordering the 1996 murders of three women, Tamika Black, Mishann Chinn and Tanji Jackson, at a federal wildlife center near Beltsville, Maryland.

Prosecutors say Higgs and two others abducted the women after Higgs became enraged because one of the women rebuffed his advances at party.

Nolan said his client didn’t kill anyone, had ineffective attorneys and didn’t deserve the death penalty. Higgs’ co-defendant, who prosecutors said carried out the killings, was not sentenced to death.

Higgs will be more cut off from the outside world than he was before the positive coronavirus test, and likely won’t be able to meet with relatives while infected during what could be the final weeks of his life, said Michael Zoosman, a hospital chaplain in the Washington, D.C., area who has been communicating regularly with Higgs for weeks.

If Higgs’ execution date was put off for more than five days because of his diagnosis, that would move the execution date into the early days of the Biden presidency.

The Democrat has spoken of his opposition to capital punishment and would have the option of announcing an immediate freeze on federal executions once he’s sworn into office.

‘Hope springs eternal,’ Zoosman said. ‘But I have very little confidence that Trump will do the right thing’ by ordering a delay of Higgs’ execution date himself.

Zoosman last received an email from Higgs Wednesday afternoon in which Higgs didn’t mention a positive virus test. Isolation or a lockdown, he said, would typically mean no inmate access to telephones or computers.

Higgs has spent much of his time on death row in recent weeks reading Islamic reading material, Zoosman said.

‘Having a date with death is psychological torture,’ Zoosman added. ‘The only way to counter that … is with spirituality.’

Lisa Montgomery – scheduled for execution January 12

Lisa Montgomery, 52, would be the first woman to be executed by the federal government since 1953.

She is on death row after murdering Bobbie Jo Stinnett in Missouri in 2004. She strangled the 23-year-old and cut her baby out of her womb with a carving knife – running off with the premature child.

The baby, Victoria Jo Stinnett, survived the attack and is now 16 years old.

Planning the heinous crime for months, she met her victim online under the pretence that she was interested in buying a puppy from her.

Montgomery posed as ‘Darlene Fischer’ and started chatting with Stinnett in the chatroom called ‘Ratter Chatter.’

She told her victim she was pregnant and the two women chatted in the room and over email about their pregnancies.

Stinnett was eight months’ pregnant while Montgomery was faking her pregnancy, telling her victim as well as her family and friends that she was full term.

On December 16, 2004, the two women arranged to meet at Stinnett’s home over the purchase of the puppy, a rat terrier. Once inside, Montgomery strangled Stinnett with a neon pink rope until she lost consciousness.

When Montgomery sliced her stomach open with a knife, Stinnett regained consciousness and a struggle ensued.Montgomery then strangled the pregnant woman again, killing her.

She then cut the baby girl from her victim’s womb and made off with the premature child, attempting to pass off the girl as her own.

Cory Johnson – scheduled for execution January 14

Cory Johnson was convicted of the murder of seven p
eople in 1992 after he went on a killing spree of rival drug dealers among others.

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, federal court sentenced Johnson and some fellow gang members – James H. Roane and Richard Tipton – to death in 1993.

Their conviction for the death of ten people in total took place during one the deadliest decades in the city’s history.

Among the list of victims were people suspected of snitching on the gang and rival drug dealers.

One person was stabbed 85 times and one was shot 16 times.

At the age of 13 Johnson’s mother, a drug addict, left him at residential facility for children with learning and emotional impairments – claiming she couldn’t cope with his issues.

He was later released into the community, at 18 years old.

Dustin John Higgs – scheduled for execution January 15

Dustin John Higgs, 48, was convicted of ordering the 1996 murders of three women at a federal wildlife center near Beltsville, Maryland.

Prosecutors say Higgs and two others abducted the women after Higgs became enraged because one of the women rebuffed his advances at party.

Higgs’ attorney, Sean Nolan, said his client didn’t kill anyone, had ineffective attorneys and didn’t deserve the death penalty.

Higgs’ co-defendant, who prosecutors said carried out the killings, was not sentenced to death and Nolan said it is ‘arbitrary and inequitable to punish Mr. Higgs more severely than the person who committed the murders.’

The co-defendant also claims Higgs ordered them to carry out the murders.

‘Mr. Higgs deserves clemency because of the unfair sentencing disparity … and because, despite the tragedy and hardship of his early life, he has been a model prisoner and is an active parent who is essential to the well-being of his son,’ Nolan said.