Florida Executes Jerry Correll By Lethal Injection

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Florida Executes Man Convicted Of Fatally Stabbing 4.

STARKE (CBSMiami/AP) — Nearly three decades after being convicted of fatally stabbing four people, including his ex-wife and young daughter, a Florida man was executed Thursday. The 59-year-old Orlando man was pronounced dead at 7:36 p.m. at the prison after receiving a lethal-injection of the controversial sedative, midazolam. He was convicted of killing his former wife Susan Correll, their five-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.

Correll’s attorneys subsequently argued in state court that the drug would have a uniquely cruel impact on him because of his history of brain damage and drug use. 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. The system says the jury’s vote on whether to impose a death sentence is only advisory with the judge making the final decision. “Jerry Correll mercilessly and brutally killed four family members more than 30 years ago,” State Attorney Jeff Ashton said in a statement. “The Hines family and our community may finally get the justice a jury and judge believed is deserved.” The execution was the first in the nation since a U.S. A group of Oklahoma death-row inmates said the drug was ineffective in adequately making inmates unconscious, and point to botched executions where inmates have shown signs they are suffering from pain by gasping and clenching their fists.

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 showed up to the scene, with cuts to his hand and acted “inappropriately” for a man who just found out his daughter and ex-wife were killed, Orange County Sheriff’s deputies said at the time. A jury of 10 women and 2 men, selected in Sarasota because all the publicity locally, convicted Correll of four counts of first-degree murder after a week-long trial. James Stroker said in sentencing Correll to death called Tuesday’s death “especially heinous, atrocious and cruel.” A doctor at the trial said she lived for about 5 minutes before losing consciousness. “It is difficult to imagine the degree of emotional anguish suffered by that dying child,” Stroker wrote. “She had apparently witnessed the brutal murder of her mother and experience the horror of her own father repeatedly driving a sharp knife in her chest.” Correll initially told a detective that on the night of the slayings, he was outside the house, drinking and smoking marijuana with a woman who drove him to the Orlando suburb, Kissimmee.

But investigators said he had scratches, cuts and bruises on his hands and arms, and they matched his fingerprints and palm prints with others found at the crime scene. Evidence was also presented that he had previously threatened to kill his ex-wife. (TM and © Copyright 2015 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries.

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