Florida Executes Second Inmate Since August

Michael Lambrix, 57, died by lethal injection after an appeal failed. The state had stopped all executions for months after a Supreme Court ruling that found Florida’s method of sentencing people to death was unconstitutional. In response, the legislature passed a new law requiring death sentences to have a unanimous jury vote.

Florida executed an inmate Thursday who was convicted of killing two people after a night of drinking decades ago, the Associated Press reports. Michael Lambrix, 57, died by lethal injection at 10:10 p.m. at Florida State Prison. Lambrix was the second inmate put to death by the state since it restarted executions in August. Before then, the state had stopped all executions for months after a Supreme Court ruling that found Florida’s method of sentencing people to death was unconstitutional. In response, the legislature passed a new law requiring death sentences to have a unanimous jury vote.

Lambrix’s attorney, William Hennis, argued in an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court that because his client’s jury recommendations for death were not unanimous — the juries in his two trials voted 8-4 and 10-2 for death — they should be thrown out. The Florida Supreme Court has ruled that Lambrix’s case is too old to qualify for relief from the new sentencing system. The high court Thursday night denied Lambrix’s last-ditch appeal. Lambrix was convicted of killing Clarence Moore and Aleisha Bryant in 1983 after a long night of partying in a small central Florida town, Labelle.

from https://thecrimereport.org