Man who killed 8 scheduled for execution in Fla.

Posted at 6:45 AM, Aug 05, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-05 02:54:45-04

STARKE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man convicted of killing eight people is scheduled to die later today by lethal injection in a Florida State Prison.

Sixty-five-year-old John Errol Ferguson was convicted in two separate incidents.

Gov. Rick Scott initially signed Ferguson's death warrant last fall, scheduling him to die Oct. 16. But appeals at the state and federal level kept the execution from moving forward.

Ferguson's lawyers have filed numerous appeals in several courts. They contend their client is mentally ill and has suffered from schizophrenia since he was a teen.