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Gov. Rick Scott authorizes first execution since January



Gov. Rick Scott has authorized the execution of Jerry Correll, a man convicted in the stabbing deaths of four people in 1985, and the first death warrant the governor has signed in nine months.

The execution is scheduled for 6 p.m. Oct. 29.

Originally, Correll's execution was scheduled for Feb. 26 until the Florida Supreme Court postponed it, pending a federal case over one of the lethal injection drugs used in Florida and other states.

"Without a stay of execution in this case, Florida risks the unconstitutional execution of Correll, for which there is no remedy," Chief Justice Jorge Labarga wrote in a February order postponing the execution. "In contrast, a stay pending determination of the issue in the United States Supreme Court will not prejudice the State and, more importantly, will ensure that Florida does not risk an unconstitutional execution."

Last week, the Supreme Court lifted the stay of execution, writing that Correll had exhausted his appeals and that the case in the U.S. Supreme Court had not deemed the drug midazolam to be "cruel and unusual punishment."

Download execution letter from Gov. Scott here.


[Last modified: Tuesday, October 6, 2015 5:17pm]


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