Florida reinstituted the death penalty yesterday with the execution of a child killer, reports the St. Petersburg Times. Unlike a botched execution in 2006 that halted the state’s death penalty for more than a year, the execution of Mark Dean Schwab appeared seamless and peaceful. Schwab, 39, made no final statement and stopped moving only two or three minutes after chemicals began flowing into his veins. He was executed 16 years to the day after being sentenced to death.
Schwab abducted, raped and murdered an 11-year-old boy after seeing his picture in a newspaper. Florida halted executions after the Dec. 13, 2006, death of Angel Diaz. Corrections officials mistakenly poked needles through Diaz’s veins, causing the chemicals to splash into his flesh. Diaz took 34 minutes to die, and some observers said he appeared in pain. An autopsy found footlong chemical burns on his arms. The state later adopted 37 changes in its execution protocol.