A Florida Panhandle man is set to be executed at 6 p.m. Thursday at a state prison in Starke for raping and murdering his 10-year-old stepdaughter 22 years ago, just minutes after he killed her mother, reports the Associated Press. Chadwick Banks, 43, is scheduled to die for the 1992 slaying of Melody Cooper and her mother, Cassandra Banks. Banks was 21 at the time.
It would be the 20th execution carried out since Gov. Rick Scott took office in 2011, one fewer than under Jeb Bush, who presided over the most executions since capital punishment was reinstated in the state in 1979. Bush was governor for two terms, while Scott, who was re-elected last week, is finishing his first. Scott called capital punishment his “most solemn duty.” Most of the 19 people executed have been the perpetrators of some of the most horrific cases Florida’s seen.