Dustin John Higgs Biography — Wiki
Dustin John Higgs is a federal prisoner who was 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.
Dustin John Higgs Age
Dustin John Higgs’s age is unknown.
Execution of Dustin John Higgs could be DELAYED because he has coronavirus
Dustin John Higgs is scheduled to be executed on 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.
Higgs 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 was 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.
What we know so far
Dustin John 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.
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. ‘Now our client is sick.’
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. Higgs and two others abducted the women after Higgs became enraged because one of the women rebuffed his advances at the party.