Bourgeois, 56, was sentenced to death in 2004 for torturing and killing his 2-year-old daughter in Texas. He was pronounced dead at 8:21 p.m. ET.
In his final words, Bourgeois offered no apologies and instead took on a deeply defiant tone, insisting that he had neither killed nor sexually assaulted his little girl, according to a report from the journalist present.
“I ask God to forgive all those who conspired and plotted against me, and filed false evidence,” he said, according to the report, adding, “I did not commit this crime.”
Bourgeois is the 10th person to be executed since Attorney General William Barr announced in July 2019 the reinstatement of the death penalty for federal death row inmates. Bourgeois was one of the first five to be executed.
Bourgeois was originally scheduled to die on January 13, but after challenging the implementation of the lethal injection, the District of Columbia District Court suspended the execution. After the Supreme Court ruled that another death row inmate could not be executed because of his intellectual disability, Bourgeois was able to make a “strong argument” in March about his own intellectual disability “by diagnostic standards. current and that a hearing should be held to consider the evidence, ”according to court documents.
“The jury that sentenced Mr. Bourgeois to death never learned that he was a person with an intellectual disability because his trial lawyers had not presented the evidence they had,” said Victor Abreau, lawyer de Bourgeois, in a statement after the execution date was postponed from November 20 to Friday.
After a higher court overturned Bourgeois’ order to stay his execution, the Prisons Office postponed his date of death and he exhausted all remedies.
Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan released a dissent saying Bourgeois’ execution should have been suspended and that he should have had the opportunity of a hearing to prove his intellectual disability.
Three more federal executions are scheduled before January 20. President-elect Joe Biden has pledged to abolish the federal death penalty and will urge states to prevent them from seeking the death penalty.