Florida: Inmate Is Executed

National Briefing | South


Published: July 2, 2008

Mark D. Schwab, who was convicted of raping and killing a child, became the first prisoner put to death in Florida since the botched execution of another prisoner in 2006. The United States Supreme Court denied his appeal hours before he was executed for the killing of 11-year-old Junny Rio-Martinez. The execution was the first time Florida carried out the death penalty since the December 2006 execution of Angel Diaz, who died 34 minutes after his lethal injection — twice the normal time — because the needle missed his vein. Mr. Schwab’s execution was completed in 12 minutes, according to The Palm Beach Post.



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