The 17th Execution of 2017
Florida executed Mark Asay at 6:22 p.m. ET on August 24, 2017 without any incident, according to CNN. It was the first execution in nearly 19 months, administering a lethal injection drug that had not previously been used in the United States.
Asay was first white man executed for killing a black person in Florida in more than 50 years.
Asay had no last statement, and did not speak or show any indication of pain during the execution. His demeanor earlier in the morning was calm, a Florida corrections department spokeswoman said.
Earlier in the afternoon, the US Supreme Court denied a stay of execution request for Asay.
Asay was convicted in 1988 of the racially motivated murders of two men in Jacksonville the previous year.
A jury found him guilty of killing Robert Lee Booker -- who was black -- and Robert McDowell. Before he shot Booker, he called him a racial epithet, according to CNN affiliate WJAX.
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