Florida man put to death in 3rd execution in 24 hours in U.S.

John Ruthell Henry

John Ruthell Henry

STARKE, Fla. — A double murderer was executed in Florida Wednesday night, becoming the third man put to death in an American prison during a 24-hour period. All three died by lethal injection.

John Ruthell Henry, 63, was declared dead at 7:43 p.m. ET at the Florida State Prison in Starke, according to CNN affiliate WFLA, which had a media witness inside the prison. Henry fatally stabbed his wife and her 5-year-old son from a previous marriage in December 1985.

In Georgia, Marcus A. Wellons, 59, was declared dead at 11:56 p.m. ET Tuesday. Wellons was convicted in 1993 of raping and killing India Roberts, 15, in Cobb County, just outside Atlanta.

In Missouri, John Winfield was declared dead at 12:01 a.m. CT Wednesday, the state Department of Public Safety said.

In 1996 he killed two women who were friends of his ex-girlfriend, whom he also shot, leaving her blind, reported CNN affiliate KOLR.

Those three executions were the first in the United States since the botched execution of an Oklahoma man in April. The Oklahoma execution raised questions about how prisons use drugs in lethal injections.

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11 comments

      • FaithC

        Sucko, Jethro, Looky, Sinner 3 whoever your call yourself today post under your own name you little spineless coward. We all know it is you who posts ALL of the nasty comments on here.

  • its my business

    The botched execution was someone else. The accused ended up dying of a heart attack later after the botched execution. Apparently, the three they speak of here which happened within 24 hours of each other in this article was not botched.

    • Some Person in NC

      Even though this comment doesn’t relate to the following inmates that died in this article but for the botched death of the other inmate couple months ago, don’t know why they call it botched the same goal was achieved and that was a dead inmate that carried out his sentence in the form of death

    • tsilver

      I kwow it is probably hard for a lot of people to grasp or understand what I am about to say – -but it costs MORE to execute an inmate on Death Row than it does to keep them life-in prision. Crazy, I know – but it is true. I don’t get it?? But my best friend, a criminal attorney has said this for decades. What a shame. True Shame. But if the convicted is convicted without a reasonable shadow of a doubt; and sent to death row – then see ya’ woudn’t want to be ya’… just sayin….

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