After years of waiting, Mark Dean Schwab can go home. Perhaps not the home he'd hoped for- he was after all condemned to spend the rest of his life in prison- with a chance that his death sentence would be forever halted and he's spend the remander of his time in a general population cell block, or the chance that Florida would actually get around to granting the family of his victim the closure of knowing that he'd been excuted.
Schwab, after losing his case in which he claimed that Florida's new method of carrying out the death penatly "could also cause pain and suffering", died 12 short minutes after the procedure was started.
He'd been convicted and sentenced to death for the rape and murder of an 11 year old boy. He'd been out of prison around month, after serving time for raping a 13 year old boy. Schwab had seen Junny Rios-Martinez's photo in a newspaper, for winning a contest in kite flying. When questioned, he'd alleged that another man had forced him to rape and kidnap the boy.
Schwab was given a stay of execution by the U.S. Supreme Court in November as it considered the constitutionality of Kentucky's lethal injection procedure. When it ruled Kentucky's protocol was acceptable, it opened the door for Florida and other states with similar laws to resume executions.
``I only wish my son had passed this peacefully,'' Junny's mother, Vicki Rios-Martinez said afterward. She and her husband were among 40 witnesses to the execution. The couple wore white T-shirts with the boy's picture on the front and the words ``JUSTICE DELAYED IS JUSTICE DENIED'' on the back.