A group of anti-death penalty protesters gave executed prisoner Mark Asay some hope in his final moments yesterday when they rang a bell outisde the death chamber to let him know they were praying for him. Asay was executed with an experimental cocktail of drugs, in a move that caused controversy across his home state of Florida.
The 53-year-old had been sitting on death row for just under 30 years after being convicted of a double murder. He claims that he gave his life to the Lord, and knew where he was going. “I’m loved by the Lord. I’m 100 per cent confident that if I’m going to get relief here, it’s because of the truth,” he said before his death.
As he was strapped to the gurney and asked if he had any last words, a bell was rung outside the chamber. This was done by a group of anti-death penalty protesters to signal that they were praying for the man in his last moments.
When the warden asked if he had any final words, Asay replied “No sir I do not, thank you.” He was killed at 6:22 p.m.
“Florida has executed Mark Asay. Prayers go out tonight for all who knew and loved Mark, and for the families of the victims,” tweeted Christian activist Shane Claiborne.
“Mark is the first white person executed for killing a black person in FL history. It was still wrong. Violence is the disease, not the cure.”
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