Florida executes man convicted in stabbing deaths

30 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Florida executes Jerry Correll over four murders in 1985.

WASHINGTON, United States, Oct 30 – The US state of Florida executed a convicted murder Thursday who had been on death row 30 years for killing four people, including his five-year-old daughter, in 1985. STARKE, Fla. – A Florida man was executed Thursday nearly three decades after he was convicted of fatally stabbing his ex-wife, young daughter and two in-laws. 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. A jury convicted him of killing his former wife, their 5-year-old daughter, Tuesday; Susan Correll’s mother, Mary Lou Hines; and Susan Correll’s sister, Marybeth Jones. “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.

Grandchildren have been born that will, unfortunately, never know their great-grandmother, grandmother, great-aunt and cousin.” Correll had a cheeseburger, French fries and a Coca-Cola as his final meal, said Florida Department of Corrections spokesman McKinley Lewis. 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. Correll’s attorneys argued that midazolam alone would not be strong enough to knock him out given his history of alcohol abuse and subsequent brain damage. 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 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.

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