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Florida uses untested drug to execute double murderer

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By Tokunbo Salako
Florida uses untested drug to execute double murderer

<p>The US state of Florida has used a new drug cocktail to lethally inject a white supremacist.</p> <p>53-year-old Mark Asay is the first white man in the state’s history to be executed for killing a black victim. He was also convicted in 1987 of murdering a white-Hispanic man. </p> <p>A jury found that Asay shot his victims – Robert Lee Booker and Robert McDowell, 26, on the same night after making racist comments.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><span class="caps">NOW</span> on <a href="https://twitter.com/CBS12"><code>CBS12</a> | Witnessing the execution of Mark James Asay: <a href="https://t.co/01DqUtVLlb">https://t.co/01DqUtVLlb</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/CBS12"></code>CBS12</a> <a href="https://t.co/4xCcl2OkbI">pic.twitter.com/4xCcl2OkbI</a></p>— Greg Angel (@NewsGuyGreg) <a href="https://twitter.com/NewsGuyGreg/status/900913250879123457">August 25, 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>It’s the first time etomidate has been used to carry out a death sentence. It replaces midazolam, a drug feared to have caused suffering in several botched executions.</p> According to the state’s Department of Corrections, Asay did not have any last words. <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The execution of Mark Asay took place at 6:22pm. Officials say the new drug etomidate didn’t provide any problems. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Fox35?src=hash">#Fox35</a> <a href="https://t.co/COvUA7Qpbx">pic.twitter.com/COvUA7Qpbx</a></p>— Kirstin Delgado (@Fox35Kirstin) <a href="https://twitter.com/Fox35Kirstin/status/900855616067039232">August 24, 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p>