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Florida Execution of John Ruthell Henry Is US' Third in 24 Hours

By    |   Thursday, 19 Jun 2014 02:05 PM

Florida's execution of John Ruthell Henry on Wednesday was the third in the U.S. within 24 hours, the first executions since a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma in April.

The governor's office said Henry was pronounced dead at 7:43 p.m. Wednesday, The Associated Press reported.

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The 63-year-old was convicted and sentenced to death for fatally stabbing his wife, Suzanne Henry.

Just before his execution, Henry asked for forgiveness and apologized for what he'd done.

He also was convicted of fatally stabbing Suzanne Henry's 5-year-old son hours after the woman's murder.

Henry previously had pleaded no contest to second-degree murder for stabbing his common-law wife, Patricia Roddy, in 1976. He served less than eight years and was released in 1983.

The U.S. Supreme Court turned down a last-second appeal.

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Florida's execution of John Ruthell Henry on Wednesday was the third in the U.S. within 24 hours, the first executions since a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma in April.
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