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Florida carries out its seventh execution of the year

Eddie Wayne Davis in an undated picture from the Florida Department of Corrections. (Florida Department of Corrections via Reuters)

Eddie Davis, who was convicted of raping and murdering an 11-year-old girl in 1994, was executed in Florida on Thursday evening.

Davis had appealed to delay the execution, arguing that he has a health condition that would make the injection painful, but the Florida State Supreme Court denied an appeal from Davis earlier this week.

The Florida Department of Corrections said that Davis was executed at 6:43 p.m. at the state prison in Starke, located about 50 minutes southeast of Jacksonville.

Davis became the 24th person executed this year in the United States. His was the first execution in the country since three executions were carried out in under 24 hours last month, a surge in capital punishment that followed nearly two months without any executions in the country. That span, meanwhile, followed a botched lethal injection in Oklahoma that drew considerable criticism and brought international attention to the death penalty in the U.S.

Lethal injections in Florida utilize three drugs: midazolam hydrochloride, vecuronium bromide and potassium chloride. Davis was the seventh person executed in Florida, which ties Texas for the most executions in a single state this year.

This post has been updated to reflect that the execution took place. Last update: 7:15 p.m.

Mark Berman covers national news for The Washington Post and anchors Post Nation, a destination for breaking news and stories from around the country.
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