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Scott signs death warrant for Miami man convicted of eight murders

Gov. Rick Scott signed the death warrant for John Errol Ferguson, who was convicted of eight murders in two separate incidents, according to a press release from the Governor's Office.

The victims in the first incident were Henry Clayton, Randolph Holmes, Michael Miller, Charles Stinson, Livingston Stocker and Gilbert Williams. The victims in the second incident were Brian Glenfeldt and Belinda Worley.

The first slayings were drug-related. In the second instance, Ferguson raped Worley, a teenager, before he killed her.

Ferguson was convicted of the brutal slayings in 1978, but he appealed his death sentence several times. He asked for clemency in 1987, but was denied, according to news reports.

His execution date is set for Tuesday, October 16, 2012, at 6 p.m.

Here is the warrant.