Texas and Florida both conducted executions Wednesday night.
The Longview News-Journal posts the AP report, "Texas executes man who confessed to killing 5," on the execution of Elroy Chester.
The execution was carried out after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a last-ditch appeal from Chester’s attorneys that focused on the conduct of a judge on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals who ruled earlier in Chester’s case.
"Van Poyck executed for role in Palm Beach County officer's death," is the South Florida Sun-Sentinel report by Ben Wolford. It was Florida's third execution in 2013.
William Van Poyck, whose botched jail break in 1987 left a prison guard dead, spent his last day with family, friends and a spiritual adviser.
An executioner injected poison and stopped his heart at 7:24 p.m. Wednesday at the Florida State Prison in Starke, satisfying his final words, “set me free,” and nullifying 26 years of legal maneuvering to save his life. The U.S. Supreme Court and Gov. Rick Scott rebuffed last-minute appeals for a stay and for clemency.
The Texas and Florida executions were the 14th and 15th of the year in American death penalty states. To date there have been a total of 1,335 post-Furman executions since 1977.