Fla. executes man convicted of fatally stabbing 4

30 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Florida executes Jerry Correll over four murders in 1985.

STARKE, Fla. (AP) — The latest on Florida’s execution of Jerry Correll, a man convicted of fatally stabbing his ex-wife, young daughter and two in-laws (all times local): Family members of the victims of a man executed in Florida have released a statement saying they “are at peace in knowing justice has finally been served.” The statement added that “We say this without vengeance in our hearts but with the belief that there should be proper consequences for the actions of each and every individual.” The 59-year-old Correll was found guilty and sentenced to death in 1986 for killing his former wife Susan Correll, their 5-year-old daughter, Tuesday; Susan Correll’s mother, Mary Lou Hines; and Susan Correll’s sister, Marybeth Jones.

Correll became the 22nd inmate to be executed under Governor Rick Scott — the most executions under a single governor since the death penalty was reinstated in Florida in 1979. Correll had been scheduled for execution in February 2014 but it was put on hold as his attorneys in Florida, and attorneys at the US supreme court in a separate case out of Oklahoma, argued over whether a sedative used in the execution protocol was effective in knocking inmates out. Justices Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor dissented, saying Correll’s execution should be delayed while the court decides whether Florida’s capital punishment system is constitutional. In a 5-4 ruling in June in a challenge brought by three Oklahoma death row inmates, the high court cleared the drug for use, finding midazolam did not violate the Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment. Correll’s attorneys subsequently argued in state court that the drug would have a uniquely cruel impact on him because his history of brain damage and drug use.

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