Florida Set To Resume Executions Thursday

Florida Department of Corrections shows Mark Asay. If his final appeals are denied Asay is to die by lethal injection after 6 p.m. Thursday Aug. 23 2017. Asay was convicted by a jury of two racially motivated premedi

Florida Department of Corrections shows Mark Asay. If his final appeals are denied Asay is to die by lethal injection after 6 p.m. Thursday Aug. 23 2017. Asay was convicted by a jury of two racially motivated premedi

Asay's execution is the first in Florida since the US Supreme Court halted them in the state almost two years ago.

It's the state's first execution in more than 18 months since the Supreme Court ruled the state's sentencing process was unconstitutional because it gave judges, not juries, too much power in deciding whether to execute an inmate, according to CNN.

Inmate Mark Asay was convicted in 1988 of killing two men - Robert Lee Booker and Robert McDowell - in downtown Jacksonville in a crime authorities said was racially motivated. That's slated to change Thursday, along with one other thing: the drug cocktail used to do so. "We regret our previous error".

The state of Florida is about to do something it hasn't done since reinstating the death penalty in 1976: Execute a white man for killing a black man.

Asay's lawyer Martin McClain has filed petitions and appeals in state and federal court asking for a stay, noting past deficient legal counsel and improperly handled court records.

It will be Florida's first since the U.S. Supreme Court halted the practice in the state 18 months ago. O'Quinn also testified that when he asked Asay why he shot Booker, Asay replied "because you got to show a nigger who is boss". Prosecutors said Asay shot McDowell, who was dressed as a woman, six times after discovering his gender.

According to Panico, the Florida department of corrections has not revealed where it obtained etomidate, which was never distributed by Janssen in the US.

Prosecutors argued that their race was what incited Asay's violent behavior in 1987.

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The Florida Supreme Court on Monday rejected a reprieve for a convicted murderer scheduled to be executed Thursday, after justices acknowledged the court had been mistaken for more than two decades about the race of one of the victims.

In Asay's case, jurors recommended death for both murder counts by a 9-3 vote.

She said death sentences were expensive, racially discriminatory and not effective as a deterrent to others.

Despite acknowledging its mistake, the Florida Supreme Court said "this fact does not negatively affect this court's final determination".

The state Supreme Court said the new law applied only back to June 2002, the date of a related U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

The lethal cocktail contains etomidate, an anesthetic that's never been used in a US execution, the Associated Press reports. "This does nothing to change the 170 year long history of Florida not executing whites for killing blacks".

While death penalty opponents lament the resumption of executions in the state with the second-highest number of condemned inmates in the country, some medical experts are warning that the convicted double murderer, who bears swastika tattoos from a dalliance with the Aryan Brotherhood in his youth, could die in agony due to the unknown effects of the chemicals.

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