Miami Killer Ferguson Executed, After 35 Years on Florida’s Death Row


John Errol Ferguson was executed by the state of Florida Monday, after a life of bloodshed on the streets of Miami-Dade and then 35 years lingering on Death Row, reports the Miami Herald. His last words: “I just want everyone to know that I am the Prince of God and I will rise again.” As the lethal drugs flowed into his body, Ferguson, 65, rustled his feet underneath the white sheet of the gurney, lifted his head and peered intently at the witness window of the death chamber just before he died.

Ferguson, a killer of eight and at one time responsible for the largest mass slaughter in Miami-Dade history, was pronounced dead 6:17 p.m. His execution caps a legacy of violence dating back to 1977, as well as a high-profile legal fight over whether Ferguson's longtime schizophrenia and stated belief that he is the “Prince of God” made his execution a cruel and unusual punishment.


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