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Florida Man Who Killed 8 Scheduled For Execution Today

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Associated Press Release

STARKE, Fla. (AP) -- A mass murderer from Miami-Dade County is scheduled to die by lethal injection at the Florida State Prison.

John Errol Ferguson is set to be executed Monday at 6 p.m.

The 65-year-old man was convicted of killing eight people in South Florida in two separate incidents.

He chose to eat the same food other prisoners were being served as his final meal: A meat and vegetable patty, white bread, stewed tomatoes, potato salad, carrots and cold tea.

He was visited by his two attorneys and a spiritual adviser.

Gov. Rick Scott initially signed Ferguson's death warrant last fall. But court appeals kept the execution from moving forward.

Ferguson's lawyers contend their client is mentally ill and that executing him would be unconstitutional.


Associated Press Release

STARKE, Fla. (AP) -- A mass murderer from Miami-Dade County is scheduled to die by lethal injection at Florida State Prison.

John Errol Ferguson is set for execution at 6 p.m. Monday.

The 65-year-old was convicted of killing eight people in South Florida in two separate incidents.

Gov. Rick Scott initially signed Ferguson's death warrant last fall, scheduling him to die Oct. 16. But appeals at the state and federal level kept the execution from moving forward. Ferguson's lawyers have filed numerous appeals in several courts. They contend their client is mentally ill and has suffered from schizophrenia since he was a teen.

Ferguson's lawyers say several psychiatrists have ruled over the years that Ferguson is mentally ill. Most of those evaluations came when Ferguson was in a state mental hospital in the 1970s.


Associated Press Release

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Gov. Rick Scott has rescheduled the execution of a mass killer for Aug. 5.

Scott announced the new execution date for 65-year-old John Errol Ferguson on Tuesday. That's the same day the federal Court of Appeals in Atlanta lifted the stay that it had imposed last October.

The death row inmate was convicted of killing eight people in South Florida. Six victims died in a drug related, execution-style mass killing in Carol City in 1977. Two Hialeah teenagers were slain on their way to a church meeting in 1978.

Scott initially signed Ferguson's death warrant last fall, scheduling him to die Oct. 16. But appeals at the state and federal level kept the execution from moving forward.


Tallahassee, FL.- October 20,2012

Lawyers for a convicted mass killer in Florida are trying to get a federal judge to block his pending execution.

Attorneys for John Errol Ferguson on Friday filed an emergency motion in Miami federal court to stay Tuesday's execution.

The 64-year-old Ferguson was convicted of killing eight people including six who died execution-style in 1977 in Carol City, which at the time was the worst mass slaying in Miami-Dade County history.

The state Supreme Court this week upheld findings by a team of psychiatrists appointed by Gov. Rick Scott that Ferguson is legally competent to be executed even though he suffers from paranoid schizophrenia.

His lawyers say Ferguson lacks rational understanding and that he suffers from delusions that he's the "prince of God."


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