The state of Florida has executed 51-year-old William Happ for the 1986 rape and strangulation of a Broward woman he encountered by chance in a convenience store parking lot.
Happ was executed by injection.
She was traveling to visit a friend in north Florida when she stopped in Crystal River to use a pay phone at a convenience store.
Happ smashed the window to the car and kidnapped Angie Crowley.
He raped her then strangled her and threw her body in a canal.
A Florida death row inmate will be a guinea pig of sorts as he heads for a lethal injection tonight.
William Happ faces death for the murder of a woman back in 1986, but the execution is making headlines because Happ will receive a form of lethal injection never before used and considered too cruel for euthanizing animals.
Fordham University professor and death penalty expert Deborah Denno says there's a reason they're using the drug.
"It's become pretty clear that the prisons are desperate for drugs," she says. "There's a national drug shortage anyway and that has hit the lethal injection execution procedures."
But, Denno says, the problem is no one is sure if the drug will work.
And the second serum the inmate would receive would induce paralysis and make it impossible for him to express discomfort or pain.
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