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STARKE, Fla. – Florida on Wednesday executed a Tampa-area man who murdered his estranged wife and her young son in 1985, two years after he had been paroled for killing his previous spouse.
It was the third U.S. execution in less than 24 hours since a botched April lethal injection in Oklahoma.
John Ruthell Henry, 63, was pronounced dead at 7:43 p.m. after receiving a lethal injection for the stabbing death of Suzanne Henry. He also was convicted of stabbing her 5-year-old son, Eugene Christian, hours after the woman’s murder.
The U.S. Supreme Court and a federal appeals court refused last-ditch efforts by Henry’s lawyers to block the execution. In recent months, Henry’s attorneys have questioned whether his client was mentally stable enough to comprehend his death sentence. But the high court rejected that appeal.
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