Oklahoma, Florida inmates executed Thursday
Two death row inmates were executed Thursday in Florida and Oklahoma with the same three drugs used during Oklahoma's botched execution in April. Florida has now used the method without incident 11 times.
Here are details about the men and their cases:
FLORIDA INMATE JOHNNY SHANE KORMONDY
Time and place of death: 8:16 p.m. Eastern Standard Time in Starke, Florida
Convicted of: Murder of a Pensacola, Florida, man and the rape of his wife
Prosecutors say: Kormondy and two other men killed Gary McAdams in 1993 with a gunshot to the back of his head during a home-invasion robbery and raped his wife. It happened after the couple returned home from their high school reunion. Kormondy's accomplices received life prison terms and Kormandy, who was identified as the ringleader, was sentenced to death.
The defense says: Kormondy wants his sentence reduced to life in prison because that is what his co-defendants received. Defense lawyers also say Kormondy has been denied due process because the Florida Board of Executive Clemency has not taken up a death sentence case in more than 30 years.
Time on death row: Kormondy was initially convicted in 1994 but the Florida Supreme Court questioned whether the sentencing phase of his trial was fair. Another jury imposed a death sentence in 1999.
Witnesses: Cecilia McAdams intends to witness Kormondy's punishment. She has declined to speak specifically about the upcoming execution. The AP typically does not name victims of certain crimes, but Cecilia McAdams has spoken openly about the rape and her husband's death and has done extensive work on behalf of other victims.
OKLAHOMA INMATE CHARLES FREDERICK WARNER
Time and place of death: 7:28 p.m. Central Standard Time in McAlester, Oklahoma
Convicted of: First-degree murder and rape of his roommate's daughter
Prosecutors say: Warner raped and battered 11-month-old Adriana Waller in 1997 in Oklahoma City. A coroner's report says the girl suffered multiple injuries and died with a crushed skull, a fractured jaw, three broken ribs, a lacerated liver and a bruised spleen.
The defense says: Warner said someone else could have harmed the child. He said he was at home when the child was hurt and that he couldn't explain what happened. He told the state parole board last spring the child's death was a "terrible tragedy" but that he was not responsible.
Time on death row: Warner was convicted and sentenced to death in 1999. A state appeals court ordered a new trial after discovering that a veteran police officer who knew three detectives in the case was on the jury. Warner was convicted again, and condemned, in 2003.
Witnesses: Three members of Warner's family and two of his attorneys, but none of his victim's family, plan to attend his execution. The victim's mother, Shonda Waller, has said she is a Christian who opposes the death penalty and doesn't want to see Warner executed. The Department of Corrections has renovated the witness viewing rooms and reduced the number of media members who can witness an execution from 12 to five. The Associated Press has a designated seat in the witness room.
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