Oklahoma, Florida inmates executed Thursday

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Posted: Jan 15, 2015 9:55 PM
Oklahoma, Florida inmates executed Thursday

Death row inmates were executed Thursday in Florida and Oklahoma with the same three drugs used during Oklahoma's botched execution in April. Florida has now used the method without incident 11 times.

Here are details about the men and their cases:

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FLORIDA INMATE JOHNNY SHANE KORMONDY

Age: 42

Time and place of death: 8:16 p.m. Eastern Standard Time in Starke, Florida

Convicted of: Murder of a Pensacola, Florida, man and the rape of that man's wife

Prosecutors say: Kormondy and two other men killed Gary McAdams in 1993 with a gunshot to the back of his head during a home-invasion robbery and raped McAdams' wife, Cecilia McAdams. It happened after the couple returned home from their high school reunion. Kormondy's accomplices received life prison terms and Kormondy, who was identified as the ringleader, was sentenced to death.

The defense says: Kormondy wanted his sentence reduced to life in prison because that is what his co-defendants received. Defense lawyers said Kormondy has been denied due process because the Florida Board of Executive Clemency has not taken up a death sentence case in more than 30 years.

Time on death row: Kormondy was initially convicted in 1994 but the Florida Supreme Court questioned whether the sentencing phase of his trial was fair. Another jury imposed a death sentence in 1999.

Witnesses: Cecilia McAdams watched Kormondy die and said afterward, "My family and I have waited 21 long years for this day happen. ... He needed to die." The AP typically does not name victims of certain crimes, but she has spoken openly about the rape and her husband's death and has done extensive work on behalf of other victims.

Last words: "I pray to Jesus Christ, son of God, I'm coming home."

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OKLAHOMA INMATE CHARLES FREDERICK WARNER

Age: 47

Time and place of death: 7:28 p.m. Central Standard Time in McAlester, Oklahoma

Convicted of: First-degree murder and rape of his roommate's infant daughter

Prosecutors say: Warner raped and battered 11-month-old Adriana Waller in 1997 in Oklahoma City. A coroner's report says the girl suffered multiple injuries and died with a crushed skull, a fractured jaw, three broken ribs, a lacerated liver and a bruised spleen.

The defense says: Warner said someone else could have harmed the child. He said he was at home when the child was hurt and that he couldn't explain what happened. He told the state parole board last spring the child's death was a "terrible tragedy" but that he was not responsible.

Time on death row: Warner was convicted and sentenced to death in 1999. A state appeals court ordered a new trial after discovering that a veteran police officer who knew three detectives in the case was on the jury. Warner was convicted again, and condemned, in 2003.

Witnesses: Two members of Warner's family attended the execution. After last spring's botched execution, the Department of Corrections renovated the witness rooms and reduced the number of media seats from 12 to five. The Associated Press has a designated seat.

Last words about the crime: "I'm not a monster. I didn't do everything they said I did. I love people. I love my family. I love Jesus."

Last words to family members: "Tell my baby girl she means the world to me. Thanks for being a lovely mother."

Last words after the execution began: "My body is on fire. No one should go through this. I'm not afraid to die. We (are) all going to die."