Fla. Department of Corrections
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Gov. Rick Scott has rescheduled the execution of a mass killer for Oct. 23 after he lost another appeal to the Florida Supreme Court.
Scott acted shortly after the justices Wednesday upheld a lower court decision that John Errol Ferguson is competent to be executed.
Ferguson is appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court and seeking a stay of execution there.
The 64-year-old death row inmate was convicted of killing eight people in South Florida. Six victims died in a drug related, execution-style mass killing in Carol City in 1977. Two Hialeah teenagers were slain on their way to a church meeting in 1978.
The state justices upheld findings by Scott and trial judge that Ferguson, although mentally ill, is legally competent because he understands the implications of being executed.