CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A federal judge in Washington has temporarily halted the execution of a man on death row for a murder that happened at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi in 2002.
Alfred Bourgeois was convicted of torturing, molesting and then beating to death his 2½-year-old daughter while making a delivery to the base.
He was scheduled to be executed on Jan. 13.
Bourgeois is one of four federal death row inmates whose execution has been halted.
In July, the attorney general directed the Bureau of Prisons to schedule the execution of five inmates.
He also wanted the federal government to adopt a new protocol for executions.
A judge blocked the executions saying the prisoners would be executed under a procedure that may be unlawful.