Executions are set to resume in August after Governor Rick Scott issued his first death warrant in more than a year and a half.
Governor Scott first signed off on Mark Asay’s execution in January of 2016. A U.S. Supreme Court ruling invalidating parts of Florida’s capital sentencing system put his death warrant on hold. But after more than a year of wrangling in the state Legislature and the courts, Scott is picking up where he left off.
Attorney General Pam Bondi Monday certified Asay’s stay of execution has been lifted giving Gov. Scott 10 days to order a new date. In a letter to the prison warden, Scott is setting Thursday, August 24 for Mark Asay’s execution.