Mass Murderer Executed After SCOTUS Rejects Schizophrenia Appeal
Published August 6th, 2013
RAIFORD -- After a lengthy appeals process that kept him on death row for three decades, a convicted mass murderer from South Florida was executed by lethal injection Monday.
John Errol Ferguson was pronounced dead at 6:17 p.m., 15 minutes after his execution began at the Florida State Prison near Starke.
Ferguson was convicted of fatally shooting six people in the head, execution-style, during a home-invasion robbery back in 1977, and then killing two more people six months later after a church meeting.
Before his execution began, Ferguson met with both his lawyers and his spiritual advisor, who said she's noticed Ferguson change in the 35 years he's been sitting on death row.
Ferguson's attorneys appealed his death sentence numerous times, arguing their client suffered from paranoid schizophrenia.
However, numerous courts rejected those appeals, including the U.S. Supreme Court, which denied Ferguson's final stay request two hours before his execution.
Prison officials say Ferguson's last meal consisted of a zesty patty on white bread, potato salad and cold tea, the same meal every other prisoner on death row receives on a daily basis.
A handful of the victims' family members witnessed the execution, but did not want to comment.
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