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Florida executes Panhandle man who killed wife, stepdaughter

Chadwick Banks, Gadsden County, is scheduled to be executed Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, for the 1992 murder of his 10-year-old stepdaughter. He also killed his sleeping wife on the same day. [Associated Press]

Chadwick Banks, Gadsden County, is scheduled to be executed Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, for the 1992 murder of his 10-year-old stepdaughter. He also killed his sleeping wife on the same day. [Associated Press]

TALLAHASSEE — A Florida man who fatally shot his sleeping wife and then raped and killed his young stepdaughter 22 years ago has been put to death for the child's slaying.

Forty-three-year-old Chadwick Banks was pronounced dead at 7:27 EST Thursday after a lethal injection at Florida State Prison, the office of Gov. Rick Scott said.

Banks was condemned for the September 1992 killing of 10-year-old Melody Cooper. Banks also received a life sentence for the murder of his wife, Cassandra Banks, in a community outside the state capital of Tallahassee.

Authorities said Banks was drinking and playing pool at a bar before going home about 3 a.m. the night of the slayings. Banks shot his wife point-blank in the head and then raped and shot his stepdaughter, according to authorities.

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