Opponents to Florida’s death penalty are outraged over the problem-plagued execution Wednesday night of Angel Diaz.
Several protestors held a prayer service at the Capitol Thursday to mark Diaz’s death.
Executioners had to take the unusual step of administering a double-dose of lethal chemicals to kill Diaz, and Diaz appeared to be in pain during the lengthy 34-minute ordeal.
Opponents argue Florida needs to suspend the death penalty until questions of whether it is unconstitutionally cruel can be honestly answered.
Walter Moore is one of the death penalty opponents at the Capitol.
“I guess when I think about last evening, I just think it’s one more sign of the serious problems with our administration of the death penalty, period."
"So to me, besides the horror that the family and that Diaz himself obviously went through, or must have gone through, it is a reminder that we’ve got a death penalty that is fraught with problems.”
Jeb Bush has ordered the Department of Corrections to assemble a review team to investigate the Diaz execution.
In the meantime, 70 death row inmates have filed an emergency petition with the state Supreme Court, asking for the court to appoint a special master to investigate, and order an independent autopsy of Diaz.