Alfred Bourgeois, a Louisiana truck driver who killed his 2-year-old daughter in 2002, was put to death Friday night in the second federal execution carried out this week.
via: New York Post
A Louisiana truck driver was executed on Friday for sexually abusing and fatally bludgeoning his 2-year-old daughter in 2002.
Alfred Bourgeois, 56, was the second death row prisoner in as many days to be executed.
He was pronounced dead at 8:21 p.m. Eastern time at a federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana.
On Thursday night, the federal government on executed convicted murderer Brandon Bernard, ignoring calls for clemency from many — including Kim Kardashian and some of the jurors in his trial.
Bourgeois’s lawyers had argued he had an IQ that put him in the intellectually disabled category and made him ineligible for the death penalty.
In his last words, Bourgeois, who was strapped to a gurney, offered no apology and instead struck a deeply defiant tone, insisting that he neither killed nor sexually abused his baby girl.
“I ask God to forgive all those who plotted and schemed against me, and planted false evidence,” he said. He added: “I did not commit this crime.”
Later, the girl’s relatives of released a joint statement calling Bourgeois “a monster.”
“None of us thought she would return from (visiting Bourgeois) in a casket,” it said. “It should not have taken 18 years to receive justice for our angel.”
Bourgeois was the 10th federal death-row inmate put to death since federal executions resumed under President Donald Trump in July after a 17-year hiatus. Three more executions are planned for January.
The last time the number of civilians executed federally was in the double digits in a single year was under President Grover Cleveland, with 14 in 1896, the Associated Press noted.
Capital punishment should be abolished, even if the person is a “monster.”