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State ends suspension of executions

July 2, 2008

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— Florida on Tuesday carried out its first execution since a botched lethal injection procedure prompted the state to revamp the way it conducts capital punishment.

Mark Dean Schwab, who was convicted of kidnapping, raping and killing an 11-year-old boy, died at 6:15 p.m.

The execution was the initial test of Florida's new lethal injection procedure, which was instituted after Angel Diaz was executed in December 2006. Needles to inject the deadly chemicals into Diaz missed their mark and he suffered burns and extreme pain, triggering a state investigation and a moratorium.

It took 34 minutes for Diaz to die, more than twice the normal time. Schwab's execution started at 6:03 p.m. and lasted 12 minutes.

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75x55 5 years, 9 months ago

If 'suffering' is truly the core issue, then the guillotine is the only reasonable, tested, and truly, historically, egalitarian answer.

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Confrontation 5 years, 9 months ago

Here's the real disgusting part (thanks to the continual failure of our weak justice system):According to Wiki: Schwab was released from prison on March 4, 1991, after serving three years of an eight-year sentence for the aggravated rape of a 13-year-old boy committed in 1987. The rest of his sentence was commuted and he was placed on 15 years of probation.A month later, Cocoa resident Junny Rios-Martinez, Jr., went missing.

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