Florida inmate, John Henry, is scheduled to be killed on Wednesday, June 18, at 6:00 p.m. EDT. This will set a new record for the number of well-secured, captive prisoners to be executed by a first term Florida governor. Florida uses an almost identical lethal injection drug “cocktail” to what was used recently in Oklahoma’s botched execution. Such drugs have been banned for sale in Europe and elsewhere.
A witness against the death penalty Prayer Vigil will again take place at 6:00 p.m. A silent protest will start at 5:30 p.m. with signs along Beneva Road, just north of Gulf Gate Blvd. on the front lawn of St. Andrew United Church of Christ in Sarasota. A Prayer Service follows.
The execution of Eddie Davis has been set for July 10, so Governor Scott just keeps on signing warrants.
On the national level, the Abolitionist Action Committee plans to meet daily in a fast and prayer vigil in front of the Supreme Court in Washington on June 29 through July 2 to present alternatives to the death penalty.
In October, Pax Christi Florida will hold its Annual Assembly in Tallahassee to protest the continued use of the death penalty for capital crimes. Public witnessing will take place at the State Capitol and the Governor’s Mansion. Details to follow.