Mark Asay

I witnessed death in Florida

I witnessed death in Florida

I will never look at a yellow number two pencil the same way again. I was one of the press witnesses to the first execution to occur in Florida in more than a year. Mark Asay was put to death for the murders of Robert Lee Booker and Robert McDowell via lethal injection Aug. 24. […]

Florida’s death penalty is back

Florida’s death penalty is back

“Mr. Asay, do you have any final words?” the man in the suit asked. He had a small microphone leading from his ear down into the collar of his shirt and a Florida Department of Corrections pin shimmered on his lapel. The man strapped down on the pale blue gurney replied promptly. “No sir, I […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 22

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 22

FLORIDA DEPUTIES SHOOT, INJURE WOMAN WHO POINTED GUN AT THEM Hernando County Sheriff’s officials said in a news release the shooting happened Sunday afternoon in Brooksville. They say the woman was reported to be suicidal and was armed with a shotgun and had access to other weapons inside the home. The woman walked out of […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 15

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 15

FLORIDA SUPREME COURT SAYS YES TO FIRST EXECUTION IN MONTHS The court on Monday ruled 6-1 that the state can go ahead with the scheduled Aug. 24 execution of Mark Asay. Asay, 53, was originally scheduled to be executed in March 2016, for the 1987 murders of Robert Lee Booker and Robert McDowell in Jacksonville. […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Mar. 3

Five Things to Know in Florida for Mar. 3

DETECTIVES: FAKE TEEN DOCTOR STOLE $34,000 FROM PATIENT A judge ordered a teenager accused of being a fake doctor to take a mental health exam. Judge Joseph Marx ordered Wednesday that 18-year-old Malachi Love-Robinson could be released provided he undergoes the examination by Friday. EXECUTION DELAYED WHILE LAWMAKERS WORK TO FIX SYSTEM The Florida Supreme […]