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Crist sets date for another execution

225727_2 Gov. Charlie Crist has signed a death warrant for Richard Henyard, to be executed Sept. 23.

The AP describes the crime: Henyard abducted Dorothy Lewis and her 3-year-old and 7-year old daughters from a Eustis grocery store in 1993. Henyard, now 34, and a friend raped the mother on the trunk of a car while the two young girls were in the back seat. Afterward, Henyard shot Ms. Lewis several times and left her for dead, but she miraculously survived. When the two little girls kept crying, Henyard shot both in the head at point-blank range.

This is Crist's second execution.

DEATH WARRANT

        WHEREAS, RICHARD HENYARD, did on the 30 th day of January, 1993, murder Jasmine Lewis and Jamilya Lewis; and
        WHEREAS, RICHARD HENYARD, on the 1 st day of June, 1994, was found guilty of two counts of murder in the first degree for the murder of Jasmine and Jamilya Lewis, the attempted first degree murder of Dorothy Lewis, three counts of armed kidnapping, sexual battery while armed,  and robbery with a firearm; and

        WHEREAS, RICHARD HENYARD, on the 19 th day of August, 1994, was sentenced to death for the first degree murder of Jasmine Lewis and Jamilya Lewis; and

        WHEREAS, on the 19 th day of December, 1996, the Florida Supreme Court affirmed the conviction and sentence; and
        WHEREAS, on the 9 th day of June, 1997, RICHARD HENYARD filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorari in the United States Supreme Court; and

        WHEREAS, on the 6 th day of October, 1997, the Petition for Writ of Certiorari was denied by the United States Supreme Court; and  

        WHEREAS, on the 7 th day of August, 1998, RICHARD HENYARD filed a Motion for Post-Conviction Relief in the trial court; and

        WHEREAS, on the 16 th day of November, 1998, the trial court granted in part the Motion for Post-Conviction Relief; and

        WHEREAS, on 19 th day of January, 1999, RICHARD HENYARD filed a second Motion for Post-Conviction Relief in the trial court; and

        WHEREAS, on the 16 th day of April, 2002, the trial court denied the second Motion for Post-Conviction Relief; and

        WHEREAS, on the 10 th day of May, 2002, RICHARD HENYARD appealed the trial court’s denial of his post-conviction motion to the Florida Supreme Court; and

        WHEREAS, on the 5 th day of December, 2002, RICHARD HENYARD filed a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus with the Florida Supreme Court; and

        WHEREAS, on the 27 th day of May, 2004, the Florida Supreme Court affirmed the trial court’s denial of the Motion for Post-Conviction Relief and also denied the Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus; and

        WHEREAS, on the 20 th day of December, 2004, RICHARD HENYARD filed a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus with the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida; and

        WHEREAS, on the 14 th day of April, 2005, RICHARD HENYARD another Motion for Post-Conviction Relief in the trial court; and

        WHEREAS, on the 21 st day of June, 2005, the trial court denied the Motion for Post-Conviction Relief; and
        WHEREAS, on the 27 th day of July, 2005, RICHARD HENYARD appealed the trial court’s denial of his post-conviction motion to the Florida Supreme Court; and

        WHEREAS, on the 2 nd day of August, 2005, the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, denied the Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus; and

        WHEREAS, on the 2 nd day of September, 2005, RICHARD HENYARD, filed an appeal of the District Court’s denial of the Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus to the United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, and

        WHEREAS, on the 11 th day of April, 2006, the Florida Supreme Court affirmed the trial court’s denial of the Motion for Post-Conviction Relief; and

                WHEREAS, on the 11 th day of August, 2006, the United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, affirmed the denial of the Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus; and

        WHEREAS, on the 2 nd day of January, 2007, RICHARD HENYARD, filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorari in the United States Supreme Court; and

        WHEREAS, on the 19 th day of March, 2007, the United States Supreme Court denied the Petition for Writ of Certiorari; and

        WHEREAS, it has been determined that Executive Clemency, as authorized by Article IV, Section 8(a), Florida Constitution, is not appropriate; and

        WHEREAS, attached hereto is a certified copy of the record pursuant to Section 922.052, Florida Statutes;
        NOW, THEREFORE, I, CHARLIE CRIST, as Governor of the State of Florida and pursuant to the authority and responsibility vested in me by the Constitution and Laws of Florida, do hereby issue this warrant, directing the Warden of the Florida State Prison to cause the sentence of death to be executed upon RICHARD HENYARD, in accord with the provisions of the laws of the State of Florida.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Florida to be affixed at Tallahassee, the Capitol, this ____ day of July, 2008. 

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