Update 430pm: Supreme Court Denies Stay of Execution
STARKE, Fla. (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a stay of execution for a Miami-Dade mass murderer who is scheduled to die by lethal injection at the Florida State Prison.
John Errol Ferguson is set to be executed Monday at 6 p.m. The court announced its decision at 4:30 p.m.
The 65-year-old man was convicted of killing eight people in South Florida in two separate incidents.
He chose to eat the same food other prisoners were being served as his final meal: A meat and vegetable patty, white bread, stewed tomatoes, potato salad, carrots and cold tea.
He was visited by his two attorneys and a spiritual adviser.
Gov. Rick Scott initially signed Ferguson's death warrant last fall. But court appeals kept the execution from moving forward.
Ferguson's lawyers contend their client is mentally ill and that executing him would be unconstitutional.
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