The state of Florida performed its fourth execution of the year Wednesday as Robert Eugene Hendrix, who was convicted in the 1990 murder of his cousin and the man's wife, was put to death.
The state of Florida executed Robert Eugene Hendrix Wednesday for the 1990 double-murder of his cousin and cousin's wife as the couple's surviving infant daughter watched from a viewing room with her relatives.
The Orlando Sentinel reported that Hendrix was declared dead
at 6:21 p.m., just minutes after receiving a lethal injection. The sentence was carried out just hours after the Florida Supreme Court rejected his appeal.
A meal of pork chops, sausage gravy, biscuits, German chocolate cake, and Mountain Dew was served to Hendrix after his septuagenarian parents and a Catholic spiritual advisor visited him earlier in the morning.
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Hendrix, 47, was convicted of murdering Elmer Bryant Scott Jr., 25, and his wife, Michelle Scott, 18, just a day before he and Scott were slated to go on trial for burglary. Scott had reached a plea bargain, and was reportedly supposed to testify against Hendrix.
On Aug. 27, 1990, Hendrix and his then-girlfriend Denise Turbyville entered the couple's mobile home in Sorrento with a .22-caliber revolver. From there, "Hendrix slashed Scott's throat, put a bullet in his head, and clubbed him with the gun so many times that the trigger broke off in the victim's scalp," according to the Sentinel. "Then he shot Michelle Scott twice in the head, stabbed her more than 30 times, and cut her throat."
According to Reuters
, Turbyville eventually testified against Hendrix to avoid the death penalty herself, and received a sentence of 75 years in prison for second-degree murder.
The slain couple's 5-month-old baby, Rachel, was left unharmed and later found in her crib.
Now 24, Rachel Scott said she does not hate Hendrix the way many of her relatives do. She said simply, "May they rest in peace," referring to her parents, and, "Thank you for never allowing them to be forgotten."
She is now raising two sons in upstate New York.
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