The lawyers for an Orlando man whose execution was delayed by the Florida Supreme Court are asking the justices to intervene yet again.
In a response to Attorney General Pam Bondi's request that the execution of Jerry Correll -- a convicted killer of four -- move forward as planned, the condemned man's lawyers requested that the Court protect him until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on a death penalty case it will hear in its upcoming term.
The Florida Court stayed Correll's execution in February after the federal justices accepted a case questioning the constitutionality of one of the three drugs used for lethal injections in Florida and three other states: Oklahoma, Arizona and Ohio. After a ruling Monday that the drug does not constitute "cruel and unusual punishment," Bondi asked for permission to move forward with the execution.
But another death penalty case is pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, which calls into question the processes used to sentence Florida criminals to death.
If this Court vacates the stay of execution that is in place, Correll may be executed and later found to have been sentenced under an unconstitutional death penalty sentencing scheme," the attorneys wrote. "He will suffer great harm, and that harm will be irreversible."
The Florida Supreme Court has yet to make a decision on the stay.
Correll was sentenced to death in 1986 for the stabbing deaths of his ex-wife, their daughter and her mother and sister. Gov. Rick Scott signed a warrant for his death in January.