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Florida man becomes 3rd executed in US in 24 hours

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Joan Careford of East Anglea, England, wipes tears from her face as she waits for the execution of John Ruthell Henry, 63, at the Florida State Prison near Starke, Fla., Wednesday. Henry was convicted of stabbing his wife, Suzanne Henry, to death in Pasco county, Fla.
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STARKE, Fla. – Florida has executed a man who fatally stabbed his wife and her young son in 1985.


It is the third U.S. execution in less than 24 hours since a botched April lethal injection in Oklahoma.


The governor’s office said John Ruthell Henry was pronounced dead at 7:43 p.m. Wednesday.


The 63-year-old was convicted and sentenced to death for fatally stabbing his wife, Suzanne Henry.


Just before his execution, Henry asked for forgiveness and apologized for what he’d done.


He also was convicted of fatally stabbing Suzanne Henry’s 5-year-old son hours after the woman’s murder.


Henry previously had pleaded no contest to second-degree murder for stabbing his common-law wife, Patricia Roddy, in 1976. He served less than eight years and was released in 1983.


The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a last-second appeal.


There appeared to be no noticeable glitches in the Georgia, Missouri or Florida lethal injections. Marcus Wellons, 59, was put to death in Georgia for the 1989 rape and murder of a 15-year-old girl. In Missouri, John Winfield, 46, was executed for killing two women in St. Louis County in 1996.


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