Schwab execuation set for Tuesday night


Published: Tuesday, July 1, 2008 at 9:10 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, July 1, 2008 at 9:10 a.m.

STARKE, Fla. A man accused of raping and killing an 11-year-old faces execution at Florida State Prison near Starke.

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In this undated file photograph supplied by the Florida Department of Corrections, inmate Mark Dean Schwab is shown. Schwab is to die Tuesday, July 1, 2008, in the first Florida execution since 2006, when state prison workers botched a lethal injection so badly that the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily stopped executions across the country. Schwab was sentenced to death in 1992 for the kidnapping, rape and murder of 11-year-old Junny Rios-Martinez of Cocoa, Fla.

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Unless he receives a last-minute stay, Mark Dean Schwab will die by lethal injection Tuesday evening for the 1991 rape and slaying of Junny Rios-Martinez of Cocoa.

He will be the first death row inmate to be executed since December 2006 when Angel Diaz took 34 minutes to die. That prompted a state investigation into the state's lethal injection system.

Schwab is being executed under a new protocol, which he has unsuccessfully challenged in the courts.

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