Joan Careford of England watches Florida State Prison for signs that the execution of her friend John Russell Henry has been carried out. Protesters against the death penalty demonstrated in front of the Florida State Prison near Starke, Fla. Wednesday, June 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)
Florida man becomes 3rd executed in US in 24 hours
By KAREEM COPELAND
| The Associated Press
First Published Jun 18 2014 07:48 pm • Last Updated Jun 18 2014 07:51 pm
Starke, Fla. » Florida has executed a man who fatally stabbed his wife and her young son in 1985.
It is the third U.S. execution in less than 24 hours since a botched April lethal injection in Oklahoma.
The governor’s office says John Ruthell Henry was pronounced dead at 7:43 p.m. Wednesday.
The 63-year-old was convicted and sentenced to death for fatally stabbing his wife, Suzanne Henry.
Just before his execution, Henry asked for forgiveness and apologized for what he’d done.
He also was convicted of fatally stabbing Suzanne Henry’s 5-year-old son hours after the woman’s murder.
Henry previously had pleaded no contest to second-degree murder for stabbing his common-law wife, Patricia Roddy, in 1976. He served less than eight years and was released in 1983.
The U.S. Supreme Court turned down a last-second appeal.
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