Wednesday, June 18, 2014
STARKE, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to grant a last-minute reprieve for a Florida inmate set to be executed in the 1985 killing of his estranged wife and her young son in 1985.
The justices Wednesday evening turned down an appeal for 63-year-old John Ruthell Henry. The Tampa-area man is scheduled to be given a lethal injection later Wednesday. The court rejected Henry's argument that he may be too mentally incompetent for execution.
Henry was convicted of fatally stabbing Suzanne Henry at her home and then killing her 5-year-old son, whose body was found in a neighboring county. Henry had been paroled two years earlier after serving time for the slaying of his previous wife.
It would be the 13th execution in Florida since April 2013, and the 18th since Republican Gov. Rick Scott took office in 2011.