Thursday, October 11, 2007 10:38:40 AM
Should lethal injections continue?
That is the question the Florida Supreme Court will start looking at today...
Condemned killer Ian Lightbourne is arguing that because executioners are not required to be medical professionals, there can be no guarantee his execution wouldn't be botched.
Last December, former Gov. Jeb Bush halted all executions and commissioned a study into the execution of Angel Diaz.
Diaz's botched execution made headlines because he took twice as long as usual to die and may have been in extreme pain.
In May, the state Department of Corrections issued a new lethal injection procedure, and the ban was lifted.
If the state does decide to put a hold on lethal injections, that would delay the execution of Mark Schwab, who was convicted of murdering and raping a child.
Schwab has spent more than a decade in prison after the 1991 kidnapping, rape and murder of 11-year-old Junny Rios Martinez in Cocoa.
Schwab's execution is currently scheduled for Nov. 15.