TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The Florida Supreme Court is refusing to block the state's first execution after a hiatus of more than 18 months.
The court ruled 6 - 1 that the state can go ahead with the scheduled August 24 execution of Mark Asay.
Asay was originally scheduled to be executed in March 2016 for two murders in Jacksonville in 1987.
The execution was put on hold after the U.S. Supreme Court found the state's death penalty sentencing law unconstitutional.
This year the Legislature required a unanimous jury recommendation for the death penalty.
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