Richard "Ric Ric" Henyard is going to die, unless someone quickly steps in and saves him. I'm crossing my fingers that no one does.
Unless a court intervenes, Richard "Ric Ric" Henyard, 34, will be executed by lethal injection at 6 p.m. at Florida State Prison for the murders of 7-year-old Jamilya Lewis and her 3-year-old sister, Jasmine.
Henyard and a younger accomplice carjacked Dorothy Lewis and her daughters outside a grocery store in the central Florida town of Eustis on the night of Jan. 30, 1993. Henyard, then 18, raped Lewis and then shot her multiple times at close range, but she survived. He then participated in the shootings of her daughters after they cried out for their mother.
Mark Gruber, one of Henyard's state-paid attorneys, filed two appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court last week and filed a final brief Tuesday morning, hoping to postpone the execution.
A handwritten civil rights appeal filed by Henyard in federal court in Jacksonville was denied. The appeal alleged the state's execution team lacks training and could cause a painful death if the IVs aren't properly inserted. That was the case during the December 2006 execution of Angel Diaz. Diaz took more than twice as long as normal to die, triggering a moratorium that ended this year with new procedures for lethal injection.
Painful death huh? Well, I'm sure that a little needle going in wrong is still better than being watching your mother raped and shot in the head before having the gun pointed at you, and the trigger pulled.
Lewis and her daughters had gone to a Winn-Dixie about 10 p.m. when they were carjacked by Henyard and 14-year-old Alfonza Smalls.Here's hoping for no intervention, and a long painful death to the son of a bitch.
Smalls repeatedly demanded that Lewis "shut the girls up" because they were crying.
At one point, Lewis beseeched Jesus for help and Henyard replied, "This ain't Jesus, this is Satan."
Henyard and Smalls raped Lewis before Henyard shot her in the leg, neck, mouth and between the eyes. She was rolled off the side of the road and left for dead.
As they were driven away by Henyard and Smalls, the girls yelled: "I want my Mommy! Mommy, Mommy!"
A short time later, the girls were taken from the car and killed with gunshot wounds to the head.
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