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November 13, 2014

Florida finally completes execution 22 years after murderer's horrific crime

As reported in this AP article, a "Florida man who fatally shot his sleeping wife and then raped and killed his young stepdaughter 22 years ago was put to death Thursday for the child's slaying." Here is more: 

Chadwick Banks, 43, was pronounced dead at 7:27 p.m. EST Thursday after a lethal injection at Florida State Prison, the office of Gov. Rick Scott said. Banks was condemned for the September 1992 killing of 10-year-old Melody Cooper. Banks also received a life sentence for the murder of his wife, Cassandra Banks, in the attack in the Florida Panhandle region.

Banks wore the white skullcap of the Muslim Brotherhood before the lethal drugs were administered, looking directly at the family of the victims when he delivered his final statement. "I'm very sorry for the hurt and pain I have caused you all of these years," Banks said. "Year after year I have tried to come up with a reasonable answer for my actions. But how could such acts be reasonable?"

Authorities said Banks was drinking and playing pool at a bar before going home around 3 a.m. the night of the slayings. Banks shot his wife point-blank in the head and then raped and shot his stepdaughter, according to authorities. Banks, who was 21 at the time of the killings, received a life sentence for his wife's murder, and a jury recommended the death penalty for the stepdaughter's slaying....

The execution was the eighth in Florida this year and the 20th since Gov. Rick Scott took office in 2011. That's one fewer than under Gov. Jeb Bush during both of his terms. Bush presided over the most executions since capital punishment was reinstated in the state in 1979, but Scott was just re-elected to a second term.

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The comment thread to that AP article is interesting reading.

Note that if the guy "merely" killed his wife, he maybe would not have received a death sentence. Also, it is doubtful this punishment served as much of a deterrent. It was basically a matter of retribution for the murder of the child.

So, again, a handful of heinous crimes, eventually, result in executions via a somewhat imperfect system of channeling those few. So it will continue to be. Hopefully, meanwhile, more will be done to protect children, including from various types of abuse.

Posted by: Joe | Nov 15, 2014 1:51:37 PM

The most heinous, amoral, heartless parties in this sad case are the appellate judges that exploited the murder of a little girl to generate $millions lawyer fees. They are disgusting human beings, more morally reprehensible than the child raping murderer.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Nov 16, 2014 7:29:46 AM

The defendant was 21 at the time of the murders. His frontal lobe was not fully developed, and his youthful impetuousness made him less culpable.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Nov 16, 2014 7:33:11 AM

Hi, I am student whose requirement for this assignment is to comment on my topic of research which is "The High Cost of the Death Penalty"
A capital punishment trial can only be done if the offense meets certain criteria. "State law limits the death penalty to only those murders involving one of a select list of 21 special circumstances. Each District Attorney thoroughly reviews the small subset of death-eligible cases, often after consulting with defense attorneys, before deciding whether to pursue the death penalty.(CNN) The inmates that have been sentenced to life without parole have long term additional expenses to the taxpayers. The longer an incarcerated person sits on death row the higher the cost to the taxpayers. Appeal cases take up time in court that could be used for more important issues. The fact that an inmate may attempt to sue over living conditions in the prison is insane. The cost for long term medical care and education are just a few of the costs.If the sentencing were conducting in less than the 22 years it took for this case cost could have been sufficiently lowered.

Posted by: Scott | Nov 24, 2014 1:46:51 PM

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