Angel Nieves Diaz, the self-styled ”Daddy of Death” for the Machete Men Puerto Rican terror gang who was implicated in at least three murders and two brutal prison breaks, declared that Florida “is killing an innocent person” before he was executied last night, reports the Miami Herald. Grimacing, Diaz took 34 minutes to die from the drugs pumped through him. At times he seemed to be squinting and at other times he appeared to be flexing his jaw. Prison spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger said the length of time it took Diaz to die was not a surprise, and that he did not suffer any pain. She said prison officials had to give Diaz a second dose of the lethal chemicals because he had liver disease, which slowed his metabolism.
Diaz’s death is likely to reignite the debate over the manner of executions in a case that already showed troubles with the death penalty. The Associated Press reports that a spokesman for Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty called Diaz’s death a botched execution. “They had to execute him twice,” Mark Elliot said. “If Floridians could witness the pain and the agony of the executed man’s family, they would end the death penalty.”