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Florida to execute man convicted in race-motivated murder

Florida to execute man convicted in race-motivated murder

The court apologized for the mistake and issued a mea culpa, but also ruled that the mistake did not change the outcome of Asay's death penalty sentence.

Janssen, a pharmaceutical division of the company Johnson & Johnson, developed etomidate and has objected to its use in the lethal injection drug cocktail.

The Florida Supreme Court earlier this month denied Asay a stay of execution. At least 20 black men have been executed for killing white victims since the state reinstated the death penalty in 1976, according to data from the Death Penalty Information Center.

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to block the execution of a Florida man scheduled for Thursday evening. Asay had challenged the new lethal-injection procedure, which has never been used before.

A white supremacist convicted of two racially motivated murders three decades ago is to be put to death by lethal injection on Thursday. According to prosecutors, 23-year-old Asay shot Robert Lee Booker, who was black, and Robert McDowell, whom Asay had found dressed in women's clothes after agreeing to pay for sex. McQuinn later testified that when he asked Asay why he shot Booker, Asay said, "Because you got to show a nigger who is boss". "Renee Torres nee Robert McDowell may have been either white or mixed-race, Hispanic but was not a black man", the court wrote. A total of 92 Florida inmates have been executed in that time period.

While death penalty opponents lament the resumption of executions in the state with the second-highest number of condemned inmates in the country, some medical experts are warning that the convicted double murderer, who bears swastika tattoos from a dalliance with the Aryan Brotherhood in his youth, could die in agony due to the unknown effects of the chemicals.

The use of etomidate - described as a fast-acting "hypnotic drug" - is even more controversial given that it has never before been used as part of lethal executions in the US.




The Asay execution marks a couple of other Florida firsts.

"Regardless of his motivation, Asay murdered two different persons in separate incidents that night", the state responded to Asay's argument.

Asay's sister spoke to First Coast News stating the racial hatred label connected to her brother's case drastically changed the dynamics.

When the new law was signed in March, state attorney Aramis Ayala announced she would use her discretionary power to stop the state from seeking death sentences. It's expected to be carried out using etomidate, an anesthetic recently approved by the Florida Supreme Court.

Throughout the country, there have been major racial disparities in terms of the application of the death penalty.

The state has since passed a law requiring a unanimous jury recommendation for the death penalty.

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