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.
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 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.
February 13, 2000 |
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.
November 8, 1999 |
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.