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When it comes to the death penalty, guilt or innocence shouldn’t really matter to Christians.  

NASHVILLE — Until August, Tennessee had not put a prisoner to death in nearly a decade. Last Thursday, it performed its third execution in four months.
This was not a surprising turn of events. In each case, recourse to the courts had been exhausted. In each case Gov. Bill Haslam, a Republican, declined to intervene, though there were many r…

Fla. Gov. Scott signs death warrant for 1987 killer Robert Henry

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Florida Gov. Rick Scott has signed a death warrant for convicted killer Robert Lavern Henry, the day after the execution of Juan Carlos Chavez. his office said.

Chavez, convicted for the 1995 rape, dismemberment and death of Jimmy Ryce, 9, in Redland, Fla., was put to death Wednesday.

Scott announced Thursday he had signed an order for the execution of Henry, who bludgeoned and burned two Deerfield Park, Fla., coworkers in a 1987 staged robbery.

Henry's execution is scheduled for March 20. He will become the 84th person executed in Florida since the death penalty was reinstituted in 1976, and the 14th during Scott's tenure as governor.

Since the death penalty returned, no other Florida governor has presided over as many executions in his first term, the Miami Herald said Friday.

Source: UPI, Feb. 14, 2014

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