Indiana Sets Execution Date for Arkansas Man

DECEMBER 7, 2006 - Posted at 5:38 p.m. CST

TERRE HAUTE, IN - The government has set an April 16 execution for a Pine Bluff man convicted in the 1994 kidnapping and death of a 16-year-old girl.

Bruce Carneil Webster, 33, is scheduled to die by injection at the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute at 7 a.m. that day.

Webster was among five men whom prosecutors say kidnapped Lisa Rene from her Arlington, Texas, home to get revenge on her two brothers for a botched $5,000 marijuana deal.  Over two days, she was taken to Arkansas, gang-raped, bludgeoned with a shovel and buried alive.

Rene, a native of the Virgin Islands, was dragged from a family member's apartment as she pleaded with a 911 operator.  Her body was found in a shallow grave at the Pine Bluff nature reserve in October 1994.

Webster was sentence to death in 1996.

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