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Florida Set To Resume Executions Thursday

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It’s been more than a year and a half since Florida conducted an execution, but lethal injections are likely to resume Thursday evening.

Mark James Asay’s death warrant schedules his execution for six o clock Thursday evening.  His lawyers have filed appeal after appeal, but those efforts have so far proven unsuccessful.  Death penalty opponents, like Ingrid Delgado of the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops, continue to push for an end to capital punishment.

“You know having gone this long without executions,” Delgado says, “I think reminds us that executions are not necessary to keep society safe—that there are other means through incarceration to protect society.”

Florida last executed a prisoner in January of 2016.  When Asay is put to death, corrections officials will for the first time use etomidate and potassium acetate as the first and last injections in the three drug cocktail.

Nick Evans came to Tallahassee to pursue a masters in communications at Florida State University. He graduated in 2014, but not before picking up an internship at WFSU. While he worked on his degree Nick moved from intern, to part-timer, to full-time reporter. Before moving to Tallahassee, Nick lived in and around the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years. He listens to far too many podcasts and is a die-hard 49ers football fan. When Nick’s not at work he likes to cook, play music and read.