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Fourth Florida Execution In 2013 Was A Convicted Killer Of Eight

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John Errol Ferguson

A man convicted of killing eight people in the late 1970s in South Florida has been put to death. John Errol Ferguson, 65, was killed by lethal injection Monday night at Florida State Prison near Starke.

Ferguson’s lawyers argued their client wasn’t sane enough to be put to death, saying he was mentally ill and was schizophrenic. He had been sentenced to death for the 1977 murders of six Carol City residents who were killed execution style following a drug-related robbery. They were blindfolded, knelt down, and shot in the head. Six months later, Ferguson abducted and killed a pair of high school students in Hialeah.

The execution was set by Gov. Rick Scott last month after the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals lifted a stay that had been issued last year because of questions about Ferguson’s sanity. Attorneys argued that Ferguson’s execution would violate the U.S. Constitution’s Eighth Amendment, contending that an individual must have a rational understanding of why he is being put to death. The courts rejected that argument.

Department of Corrections Spokeswoman Ann Howard said Ferguson did not request a special last meal, and instead ate the same prison fare as the other inmates — a meat patty on white bread, potato salad, carrots and stewed tomatoes.

His last statement was “I just want everyone to know I am the Prince of God, and I will rise again.”

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  • Chris Gray

    this rodent should have been summarily executed 33 plus yrs ago the judas iscariots tha larcenous law schools be they in n.h. conn. baal goes to yale or gulfport fl. have blood on their slimmy hands for these assinine delays in fact when the crimes r so heinous as this roach committed then the execution should be publically done or pay per view in the very county where the atrocious crime took place again the spineless judges who constantly cry the CROCODILE TEARS for these FILTHY MURDERERS have made our now FEMINIZED criminal justice system a joke and a worldwide disgrace.here is my message for all the DUPES STOOGES AND SCUMBAG LAWYERS such as the ACLU american communist libertarian lawyers league u people have brought a curse on our land the very ground is cursed by the innocent blood shed upon it no the stupid environmental plilosophy knows nothing about HOW TO PURIFY THE CURSED LAND AHH but the SOLOMONIC WISDOM OF THE BIBLE unknown in the larcenous law schools such as we have sadly in gulfport declares that crime will skyrocket when not dealt with SPEEDILY get that concept stooge no the larcenous law schools and the blasphemous am. bar assoc. would rather delay the promptness needed to bring swift sentence upon an evil act which SENDS A STRONG MESSAGE to all the drooling creeps on all the street corners of this benighted sunshine state that there is SWIFT RETRIBUTIVE BIBLICAL JUSTICE sorry not the idiotic responce of the spiritual slut sr. prejean whose JESUS would not swat a mosquitto remember the STUPID HOLLYWOOD MOVIE about the crusades of the spiritual slut sr. prejean sorry i have better things to do then cry the crocodile tears for these FILTHY MURDERERS like wax my LEXUS!WHEN a country adopts the feminized approach to criminal justice u better move to a gated community because afterdark the streets of your towns and cities will be filled with the paroled murderers rapists THEN SODOMITES NECROMANCERS PERVERTS CHILDMOLESTERS KIDNAPPERS DEMONIACS ALL EMERGING FROM THE SEWERS OF THIS POLLUTTED LAND this is what u get from the policies of the spiritual slut sr. prejean and the FILTHY HOLLYWOOD CROWD THAT supports her ilk!