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Wednesday’s Florida Execution Will Be 3rd In U.S. Since Botched Oklahoma Execution

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:

“Well, look, executions are a solemn duty of the Governor. It’s nothing that I thought about when I was going to run, but I uphold the laws of the land. When I think about the executions, I think about the families. I know the stories of what happened to these individuals, and I think about them,” said Scott, speaking to reporters Tuesday.

Henry was convicted in 1985 for fatally stabbing his wife to death and her five-year-old son as well as fatally stabbing his common-law wife years earlier.

His impending execution along with two Tuesday executions that took place in Georgia and Missouri are the firsts in the nation since the botched execution in Oklahoma raised concerns about lethal injections. Georgia uses a single drug called pentobarbital, while Florida uses a three-drug combination. It includes midazolam and vecuronium bromide, which is included in Oklahoma’s drug cocktail.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.