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April 25, 1991 | Associated Press
Roy Allen Harich, who shot and killed a teen-age hitchhiker and attempted to kill her friend, died in Florida's electric chair Wednesday. Harich's execution came on his third death warrant since 1986, the first such order signed by Gov. Lawton Chiles. Earlier warrants by Govs. Bob Graham and Bob Martinez were blocked by the courts. Harich, 32, an Ohio native living in Volusia County, was sentenced to death for the June 26, 1981, slaying of Carlene Gail Kelly, 18, of High Springs.
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February 1, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
The Supreme Court blocked the execution of a man who killed a woman in her bathtub a decade ago, granting a stay to a Florida death row inmate for the second time in a week. The court ordered Florida to stop the execution of Arthur Rutherford, who claims that the state's lethal injection procedure is cruel and unusual punishment. Florida inmate Clarence Hill won a Supreme Court stay last week after he had already been strapped to the gurney. He also challenged the use of lethal injection.
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March 25, 1998 | Associated Press
A killer who had challenged Florida's electric chair as cruel and unusual punishment after a malfunction caused flames to shoot from a condemned man's head went to his death in the chair Tuesday. There were no flames when Leo Jones, 47, was electrocuted for killing a police officer. It was the second of four Florida executions scheduled over a nine-day period.
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October 9, 2002 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
She may be America's only death row inmate to have inspired an opera--a six-time convicted murderer with a bleak childhood and rough life who has puzzled and intrigued criminologists. And this morning, she is due to die. At 9:30, executioners at Florida State Prison are scheduled to empty two syringes of potassium chloride into the bloodstream of Aileen Wuornos, stilling the heart of a rare female serial killer.
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March 26, 1997 | MIKE CLARY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The perennial American debate over the cruelty or value of the death penalty surfaced anew here Tuesday after a gruesome electric chair execution in which flames leaped from the head of a convicted murderer after the switch was thrown. Pedro Medina, a 39-year-old Cuban immigrant, was pronounced dead at 7:10 a.m.
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July 23, 1990 | BARRY BEARAK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Old Sparky," the three-legged, oaken electric chair that Florida has used since 1924, is itself now on trial as an alleged instrument of torture. For nearly three months, the lethal appliance has been inactive as courts hear evidence about whether Sparky kills instantaneously--or rather torments the condemned. Impatient at the delays, corrections officials today will gather experts to test the chair's voltage at Florida State Prison near the town of Starke.
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January 21, 1989 | From Associated Press
Florida's Supreme Court on Friday refused to block Theodore Bundy's scheduled execution for the murder of a 12-year-old girl in 1978 and said it does not want to hear from the suspected serial killer again. The 42-year-old former law student is scheduled to die in the electric chair Tuesday morning at Florida State Prison. Defense attorney James Coleman was expected to take his appeal to U.S. District Court in Orlando for a hearing this morning.
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January 25, 1989 | BARRY BEARAK, Times Staff Writer
Ted Bundy, the notorious serial killer, died Tuesday in the electric chair, just as the sun rose over the north Florida plains. Gone was the storied cockiness. He was ashen as two guards led him into the death chamber. They strapped his chest and arms and legs against the shiny wooden chair. Bundy's blue eyes searched the faces behind the glass. He nodded to some of the 42 witnesses, including the men who had prosecuted him. His lips bounced with a faint mumble. Then his head bowed.
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January 24, 1989 | BARRY BEARAK, Times Staff Writer
Theodore Bundy, his facade of innocence finally collapsing around him, on Monday grew more and more emotional, depressed and penitent as his scheduled execution neared. The clean-cut, college-educated serial killer is set to be electrocuted here in North Florida at 7 this morning. He has been on Death Row 9 1/2 years, and he--like prison officials--seems to believe his time has come.
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July 28, 1990 | From Associated Press
A killer who stabbed, raped and robbed a woman was executed Friday after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected claims that Florida's electric chair was not working properly. The execution of Anthony Bertolotti, 38, was the first since the chair malfunctioned in May. It was carried out without any sign of problems, Gov. Bob Martinez's office reported. The Supreme Court rejected Bertolotti's last appeal about 30 minutes before he died.
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August 26, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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August 23, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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August 22, 2000 | MIKE CLARY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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June 22, 2000 | From Associated Press
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.
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June 8, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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February 13, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
A judge in Orlando, Fla., gave state corrections officials the go-ahead to carry out Florida's first lethal injection since the state changed its primary execution method from the electric chair. Circuit Judge O.H. Eaton Jr. rejected arguments that the method was unconstitutional and that corrections officials were ill-prepared. Death row inmate Terry Sims had challenged the constitutionality of the state's new law, passed last month. His execution is scheduled for Feb.
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July 9, 1999 | MIKE CLARY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A storm of controversy erupted here Thursday after blood poured from the nose of a convicted murderer as he was hit with 2,300 volts in Florida's brand-new electric chair, prompting the state Supreme Court to stay an execution scheduled for today. Allen Lee Davis, 54--who at 350 pounds was known as "Tiny"--was put to death for the murders of a pregnant woman and her two daughters during a robbery 17 years ago.
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November 8, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
A majority of Florida voters favors executing condemned prisoners by lethal injection rather than in the state's electric chair, which has in the past caused flames to spurt from the heads of inmates, a poll says. In the statewide survey of 600 registered voters, 58% said they favored lethal injection, while 23% opposed it and 18% said they were undecided. The poll has an error margin of 4 percentage points.
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November 8, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
A majority of Florida voters favors executing condemned prisoners by lethal injection rather than in the state's electric chair, which has in the past caused flames to spurt from the heads of inmates, a poll says. In the statewide survey of 600 registered voters, 58% said they favored lethal injection, while 23% opposed it and 18% said they were undecided. The poll has an error margin of 4 percentage points.
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August 3, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
A judge in Orlando, Fla., ruled that the state's electric chair is not cruel and unusual punishment and that it functioned properly in a July 8 execution. Judge Clarence Johnson said Allen Lee Davis "did not suffer any conscious pain" when he was executed for three 1982 murders. Davis bled from his nose as he died, and lawyers for the next man scheduled for death then challenged the use of the electric chair.
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