Friday, January 16, 2015

Florida executes man for 1993 rape and murder

The 2nd Execution of 2015
Florida executed Johnny Shane Kormondy on January 15, 2015, reported the Pensacola News Journal.  He was the ringleader of a 1993 home-invasion robbery that ended with the murder of a Pensacola banker and the repeated rape of the banker's wife.
Kormondy was pronounced dead at 7:16 p.m. at Florida State Prison, shortly after the lethal injection was administered. Kormondy was the 21st inmate executed under Gov. Rick Scott, tying him with former Gov. Jeb Bush for the most executions since the death penalty was reinstated in Florida in 1979. The executions under Bush occurred over his full two terms, while Scott has just begun his second term.
The execution was delayed by two hours after a last-minute appeals was filed by Kormondy's lawyers with the U.S. Supreme Court, which eventually denied it.
Kormondy was convicted of the July 1993 murder of Gary McAdams and the rape of McAdams' wife, Cecilia, who had just returned home from her high school reunion late in the evening. The couple was confronted just outside their home by Kormondy and two others, who forced their way inside. Kormondy and his accomplices repeatedly raped Cecilia McAdams, and shot Gary in the back of the head. The Associated Press doesn't usually identify the victims of sexual assault but Cecelia McAdams has spoken publicly about her rape and her husband's murder.
Department of Corrections spokesman McKinley Lewis said Kormondy met with a spiritual adviser and family members on Thursday. For his last meal, Kormondy had fried alligator tail, fried okra, fried shrimp, fried eggs, hash browns, vanilla ice cream and cream soda.
Florida employs a three-drug mixture to execute prisoners: midazolam hydrochloride, vecuronium bromide and potassium chloride. The drugs are given intravenously, and are designed to first induce unconsciousness, then paralysis and finally cardiac arrest.
Midazolam, a sedative used commonly in surgeries, has been part of the three-drug mixture since 2013. Sodium thiopental was used before that, but its U.S. manufacturer stopped making it and Europe banned its manufacturers from exporting it for executions.
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