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Lawyers: 2nd US inmate scheduled to be executed has COVID-19

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Posted at 12:23 PM, Dec 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-19 12:23:59-05

CHICAGO (AP) — Another federal inmate scheduled to be put to death next month in a series of executions by the Trump administration has tested positive for COVID-19.

Lawyers for Corey Johnson confirmed his diagnosis Friday. Johnson was convicted of killing seven people related to his drug trafficking in Virginia in 1992.

Word of his positive test comes a day after attorneys for Dustin John Higgs confirmed he tested positive at a U.S. prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, where both men are on death row.

Johnson’s lawyers called on federal authorities in a Friday statement to strike their client’s current execution date of Jan. 14.