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October 30, 2015

Florida finally completes execution three decades after triple murderer sentenced to death (nonunanimously)

As reported in this local article, headlined "Orlando man on death row executed for 1985 murders," Florida carried out a notable death sentence last night.  Here are the basics, which highlight that the case involved issues that the Supreme Court has taken up in recent years:

Though it took 30 years for Jerry Correll to receive his death sentence, the process to kill him took 10 minutes. Correll, one of Orange County's most notorious killers, was pronounced dead at 7:36 p.m. Thursday at Florida State Prison after receiving a lethal injection that included the controversial sedative midazolam.

About two dozen witnesses watched as the 59-year-old Orlando man lay on a gurney covered with a white sheet from the neck down, his hands covered in bandages, his wrists strapped down and IVs in his arms. When the curtain surrounding him rose, Correll looked to his right and mouthed the words, "Thank you," to a man wearing a cross in the front row. Asked whether he wanted to say any last words, Correll responded to the leader of the execution team, "No, sir."

Correll had been on death row for three decades after stabbing to death his ex-wife, Susan; their 5-year-old daughter, Tuesday; and Susan's mother and sister in 1985. Police and prosecutors described the murders at the Conway-area home as among the most bloody and gory they had ever seen....

The victims' family members released a statement saying they were "at peace in knowing justice had finally been served." "Jerry Correll chose to take the lives of four beautiful, innocent people on June 30, 1985," the statement said. "People who are still loved and missed by their family and friends 30 years later. The consequences of those actions should be no less than death itself."...

The execution was the first in the nation since a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June that allowed the use of midazolam, a sedative that is part of the three-drug protocol used in Florida executions.... Correll becomes the second inmate executed in Florida this year and the 91st since 1979, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.

A U.S. Supreme Court case regarding whether all death-penalty decisions should require a unanimous jury verdict in sentencing death ... is pending.... A jury of 10 women and two men, selected in Sarasota because of the publicity locally, convicted Correll of four counts of first-degree murder after a weeklong trial. Jurors voted 10-2 that he should die.

October 30, 2015 at 10:23 AM | Permalink


Doug, doesn't the judge pass sentence in Florida?

Posted by: federalist | Oct 30, 2015 10:24:35 AM

Reading tea leaves, does the refusal to stay execution while Hurst is pending imply either a decision in favor of Florida or a very narrow ruling in favor of Hurst (e.g., only need simple majority finding a statutory aggravator -- not necessarily same one -- to permit court to impose sentence)? It would seem weird for 5 justices to think that Florida's system is fundamentally flawed yet allow an execution to proceed (assuming as is likely that inmate asked for a stay based on Hurst).

Posted by: tmm | Oct 30, 2015 2:11:57 PM

I demand a copy of the lawyer tab over 30 years of pretextual delays. From both sides and from the judges in the middle.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Oct 31, 2015 2:57:43 AM

Recently dismissed from the death row
Henry McCollum NC 30 years of death row
Leon Brown NC 30 years of death row
Ricky Jackson OH 39 years of death row
Wiley Bridgeman OH 39 years of death row
Kwame Ajamu OH 39 years of death row
Anthony Hinton AL 30 years of death row
Lawrence William Lee GA 28 years of death row

Posted by: claudio giusti | Nov 2, 2015 10:34:13 AM

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