August 26, 2000 |
Condemned murderer Dan Patrick Hauser was granted his wish as Florida officials executed him for a 1995 murder for which he repeatedly said he wanted to die. Hauser, 30, was given a lethal injection at Florida State Prison in Starke, said Liz Hirst, spokeswoman for Gov. Jeb Bush. The execution, originally set for Monday, was postponed by a federal judge only hours before it was to take place.
August 23, 2000 |
Judges granted stays of execution in two controversial Southern cases that were due to move to the death chamber this week. The execution by injection of a Florida murderer, Dan Patrick Hauser, 30, who has said he wants to die, was put on hold, at least temporarily, after a federal judge said he needed more time to review newly filed documents in the case. Hauser has a history of mental illness and has repeatedly tried to commit suicide.
August 22, 2000 |
If confessed murderer Dan Patrick Hauser is executed as scheduled today, is the state an accomplice to suicide? His attorney says yes. "Mr. Hauser's death sentence is based entirely and exclusively on information that is provided by Mr. Hauser that is false," Tim Schardl argued in an appeal that was dismissed earlier this month by the Florida Supreme Court.
June 22, 2000 |
A Florida man who killed a bailiff in a courtroom shooting and thought he was Jesus Christ was executed by injection Wednesday, one day after he received a reprieve while strapped to the gurney in the death chamber. Thomas Provenzano, 51, was put to death about an hour before a Virginia man was granted a stay of execution by the U.S. Supreme Court. Provenzano's stay had been granted Tuesday, 11 minutes before the scheduled execution.
June 20, 2000 |
In a state with an electric chair nicknamed Old Sparky and a history of botched executions, the switch to lethal injection was supposed to make capital punishment almost routine. But as Florida prepares to put another convicted killer to death today, a controversy has erupted over the state's ability to kill humanely. "We have so much zeal to execute as many as we can, as fast as we can, that we keep making blunders," said Michael Radelet, a sociology professor at the University of Florida.
June 8, 2000 |
A three-time murderer who cheated death once when the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily banned executions was put to death by lethal injection for the stabbing death of a fellow prisoner. Bennie Demps, 49, was pronounced dead at 6:53 p.m. at Florida State Prison near Starke, a prison spokeswoman said. Demps had been sentenced to die for shooting to death R.N. Brinkworth and Celia Puhlik in 1971 in Lake County.