After 30 years and a nine-month respite from execution, a 59-year-old man is scheduled for execution in Florida. Jerry Correll will be executed Thursday at 18:00 near the city of Starke, in Bradford County, Fl.
Correll was convicted for fatally stabbing four members of his family 30 years ago in Orlando. Back then, he stabbed and killed his ex-wife, his ex-wife’s sister and mother, and his 5-year-old daughter.
The man was scheduled for execution in February, but the state had to wait for the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that one of the drugs to be used in the execution is constitutional. In the meantime, the execution was postponed for 9 months.
But there are people that are against the execution and death penalty, so they plan to take action Thursday. Romano Catholics pledged that they will keep a vigil outside their churches across the state and gather outside Florida State Prison where Correll will be executed.
The Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops wrote a letter to Gov. Scott to commute the man sentence to life in prison. Ingrid Delgado, a spokesperson for the conference’s department for social concerns and respect for life, told reporters that authorities seem to start again executions after a ‘nice break.’
“[…] we are concerned that this is going to break the record of the most executions under one governor,”
If Correll is put to death, his execution will be the 22nd under the current governor which is greater than the 21 executions carried out during Jeb Bush’s tenure. This would break any record for executions in the state since the death sentence was reenacted in 1976.
Correll’s attorneys currently hope that there will be another delay. They requested that the nation’s top court puts on hold the execution until it solves a case that may change the process used so far in sentencing to death killers in the Sunshine State.
Unlike in the majority of U.S. states, Florida law allows a single judge, not a jury to sentence to death a convicted murderer. Jury members can only make recommendations in the process. But somebody challenged this practice at the U.S. Supreme Court. Just Florida and three other states do not require a unanimous vote from a jury when it comes to death penalty.
One of the man’s attorney argued that the Supreme Court should not allow an execution to be carried out under a statute that the next day could be proved unconstitutional.
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