Witness To Innocence

The memorial service for David Keaton is scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m. at New Bethel AME Church in Quincy. He’s Florida’s first death row exonoree in the modern era who recently passed away—who’s also known as the nation’s first man to be exonerated from death row.

Florida Department of Correction's website

A man convicted of killing three people is slated for execution Wednesday in Florida. Florida is the third state to put someone to death this week, since a botched execution in Oklahoma took place in April.

Since Governor Rick Scott took office in 2011, he’s okayed 17 Florida executions. And, around 6 p.m. Wednesday, John Henry will be the 18th person put to death. When asked whether he was confident about Florida’s execution process, Scott replied:


A Florida death row inmate is again on schedule to be executed Wednesday after the state Supreme Court rejected his challenge of a new lethal injection drug. Lawyers for convicted state trooper-killer Paul Howell are appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Florida Supreme Court Thursday denied the appeal of a death row inmate who had challenged the state’s execution drug cocktail, among other issues. But although justices did not object to the drugs in Askari Muhammad’s case, one legal expert says the question is far from settled.

Florida Department of Corrections

The Florida Supreme Court has canceled oral arguments that were scheduled this month in a capital punishment case challenging the state’s three-drug execution protocol. The lawyer for the condemned man says she does not believe the court has enough evidence to rule on whether the drugs cause extreme pain.

Death-row inmate Askari Muhammad is appealing his death sentence based in part on the state’s new execution drug, midazolam. His lawyer, Linda McDermott, argues it can cause extreme pain—that’s the same argument made in pending death row cases across the state.

Court Filing Challenges Florida's New Execution Drug

Oct 29, 2013
Florida Commission on Capital Cases

A Florida death row prisoner convicted of setting a girl on fire is asking a federal judge to block the state from executing him. His court filing Tuesday is part of an ongoing case asserting Florida’s three-drug execution protocol violates the U.S. Constitution.

Dane Abdool is on death row for the 2006 burning death of Amelia Sookdeo. Tuesday’s filing asserts Florida’s new execution drug, midazolam, could violate Abdool’s Eighth Amendment freedom from cruel and unusual punishment.