Sunday, September 21, 2008

Fla. prepares to execute killer of 2 young girls

Associated Press - September 21, 2008 4:44 AM ET

STARKE, Fla. (AP) - Florida is planning to carry out its 65th execution since the U.S. Supreme Court restored the state's death penalty in 1976.

Thirty-4-year-old Richard Henyard is scheduled to die Tuesday, the second execution since the state resumed them after an 18-month moratorium.

When the moratorium was lifted, Governor Crist said he wanted to sign death warrants for those convicted of the most heinous murders.

Henyard and a teenage accomplice carjacked Carol Lewis and her 3- and 7-year-old daughters outside a central Florida grocery store 15 years ago.

He told Lewis he was Satan when she prayed for help, raped her and then shot her multiple times, but she survived. He then participated in the execution of her daughters after they cried out for their mom.

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