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FL Supreme Court refuses to halt executions

FL Supreme Court refuses to halt executions
FL Supreme Court refuses to halt executions
Posted at 7:06 AM, Aug 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-22 03:10:31-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The Florida Supreme Court is again refusing to halt the state's first execution after a hiatus of more than 18 months.

Justices rejected an appeal Monday on behalf of Mark Asay, who is set to die Thursday for killing two men in Jacksonville in 1987.

Asay, who is white, used a racial slur when he shot Robert Lee Booker, who is black.

The second victim, Robert McDowell, was described as black in some testimony but was either white or Hispanic.

The court recently acknowledged misidentifying McDowell's race 26 years ago in its initial review.

Asay's lawyers said this violated due process, but the court ruled the victim's racial identity was fully explored at trial and did not affect the court's previous rulings.