Mark Elliot was on the scene outside the Florida State prison and reports that members of the media who witnessed the execution say they had to administer the lethal injection TWICE. He also reports that the family of Angel Diaz was despondent, wailing and crying and beating the ground for over an hour. One passed out and paramedics were called. Those who have witnessed outside the prison at many executions report that they have never experienced such a traumatic display of grief at an execution. At the press conference, the DOC spokesperson was unable to answer many questions from the media, repeatedly saying “we’ll get back to you on that.”
The *only* video media present was Spanish language – also a rarity for Florida. I am sure there will be much made of this – certainly in Puerto Rico. According to Mark, the delegation from PR outside the prison told him they had generated more than 15,000 individual appeals for clemency to Jeb Bush, which were of course, ignored.
As one sign at the prison read, “Execution in Progress, MERRY CHRISTMAS.”
Angel Nieves Diaz, who was convicted of murdering a Miami topless bar manager 27 years ago, was executed by lethal injection Wednesday, appearing to grimace before dying 34 minutes after receiving the first dose of chemicals.Diaz, 55, was pronounced dead at 6:36 p.m., despite his protests of innocence and requests for clemency made by the governor of his native Puerto Rico. He appeared to move for 24 minutes after the first injection. His eyes were open, his mouth opened and closed and his chest rose and fell.
I should note there was a decent factual innocence claim.