The 23rd Execution of 2014
In the third execution nationwide in less than 24 hours, a three-time Florida murderer John Ruthell Henry was put to death by lethal injection on June 18, 2014, according to The USA Today.
The execution of Henry was the state's 13th since April 2013 and the 18th since Gov. Rick Scott took office in 2011. The trio of executions Tuesday and Wednesday were the first since the botched lethal injection of an Oklahoma killer in April.
Henry, 63, was pronounced dead at 7:43 p.m. after being injected with three drugs at the Florida State Prison in Starke.
He was convicted in the 1985 stabbing deaths of Suzanne Henry and her 5-year-old son near Tampa. Two years earlier, he was paroled after serving seven years for brutally stabbing his girlfriend, Patricia Roddy, in 1976.
The U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court rejected Henry's pleas to delay the execution. His attorney argued he had a low IQ, was mentally disabled and therefore should not be put to death under the U.S. Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment.
Henry refused his last meal and was described by a prison official as being calm hours before his death.
He was injected with midazolam hydrochloride, vecuronium bromide and potassium chloride.
Murderers in Georgia and Missouri were executed late Tuesday and early Wednesday after a seven-week pause triggered by the botched lethal injection of Clayton Lockett in Oklahoma in late April.
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