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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. 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.

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 argued that midazolam alone would not be strong enough to knock him out given his history of alcohol abuse and subsequent brain damage. 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 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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