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Florida executes white man for killing Black victim for first time ever

By David Moye,

The state of Florida did something on Thursday it hasn’t done since reinstating the death penalty in 1976: Execute a white man for killing a black man.

By contrast, at least 18 black men have been executed for killing white men in the last four decades, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.

Mark Asay was executed by lethal injection for two racially-motivated, premeditated murders carried out on the same day in 1987.

A jury convicted him in 1988.

One of the murders involved 34-year-old Robert Lee Booker, who Asay shot after shouting racial slurs at him, according to the Tampa Bay Times.


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