A convicted killer who asked that no appeals be filed in his name was executed by lethal injection early today, less than 14 hours after another man was put to death in Florida's electric chair.
Jeffery Allen Barney, 28, was pronounced dead in the Walls Unit prison, Attorney General Jim Mattox said.
Barney's execution followed that of Daniel Morris Thomas, 37, who was electrocuted Tuesday for murdering a man and raping his wife as her husband lay dying in 1976. Thomas kicked, cursed and fought with guards in a seven-minute struggle in the death room before being strapped into the chair in Starke, Fla., where he was pronounced dead.
Barney, a native of Dayton, Ohio, was convicted of the 1981 strangling and rape of the wife of a minister who helped Barney get a job after his release from a prison term for auto theft.
Barney became the 55th person executed in the United States since the U.S. Supreme Court allowed states to restore the death penalty in 1976, and the fifth person executed this year. He was the 12th executed since the state resumed executions in 1982. Thomas was the 14th man executed in Florida since 1979