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Marek execution still on for 6 p.m.

by Dara Kam | August 19th, 2009

marekThe Florida Supreme Court refused to grant a stay of execution for John Richard Marek, a convicted murderer scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection at 6 p.m. today.

Marek and Raymond Wigley were convicted of kidnapping, raping and murdering Adela Marie Simmons in 1983 when her car broke down on the turnpike near Stuart.

Marek has another appeal pending before the U.S. Supreme Court. A circuit court judge on Monday also denied another hearing to Marek, who claims that Wigley killed Simmons. Wigley was sentenced to life while Marek received the death penalty. Marek’s lawyers argue that he, too, should be serving life in prison.

Marek has spent more than two decades on Florida’s Death Row. Gov. Charlie Crist ordered him to be put to death in May but the Supreme Court halted that. If the execution takes place today, Marek will be the fourth Death Row inmate to be executed since Crist took office in 2007.

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17 Responses to “Marek execution still on for 6 p.m.”

  1. George T Diller Says:

    Can anyone tell me why, when an individual kills an individual we call that a crime, but when the state kills an individual we call that justice?

  2. Tommy Ho Says:

    Amazes me how we let this man live for 2 decades, even if he didn’t kill this woman like he claims he should die for the horror he put her through!

    I just wish he met the same fate as Wigley who was strangled to death in his cell, the same way they murdered this lady.

    This man is a coward and deserves to DIE!

  3. Bill Says:

    George,
    Here’s why it’s called justice …
    According to the record evidence recited by the appellate court, “the victim had been strangled between approximately 3:00 and 3:30 a.m., and was probably conscious for one minute after the ligature was applied to her neck. Her body was extensively bruised and her finger and pubic hairs had been burned. The medical examiner testified that he found sperm in the victim’s cervix and believed she had had sexual intercourse after 11:30 p.m. on June 16. Bruises indicated that the victim had been kicked with a great deal of force. According to the examiner, some of the victim’s injuries indicated she had been dragged up to the roof of the lifeguard shack and into the observation tower.”
    Marek forfeited his right to live.

  4. Sylvain Says:

    George Diller, I think if the victim was your daughter, wife, mother, etc….you would be able to answer your own dumb question.

  5. DC Says:

    26 years on death row is not the death penalty, that’s life. More than Ms. Simmons had. Now 26 years later he’s getting the needle. Why did it take so long?

  6. Adios! Says:

    Adios doush bag!

  7. LuLu Says:

    I agree. Can someone explain why it took 26 years for this bastard to meet is fate?

  8. Ginny Says:

    George
    Yes we call it justice. As the old saying goes “what comes around, goes around”.
    And do unto others as they do unto you.
    Get the point.

  9. A Mom Says:

    A life for a life – he is not a human being…he is an animal!

  10. justice Says:

    26 years too long and about 1 million dollars of tax payers money to keep him alive.Are we going to pay for his funeral?

  11. CLAUDE COVINGTON Says:

    SIX PM CANNOT COME TOO SOON TO SUIT ME ! THIS SOB SHOULD HAVE BEEN SHOT RIGHT AFTER THE TRIAL !! A BASTARD LIKE HIM SHOULD NOT BE LEFT ALIVE THIS LONG !!!

  12. Raven Says:

    Seriously? Do you not read the news? The average inmate spends 20-30 years on Death Row because of numerous appeals.

    Pick up the dang paper more often. You’ll maybe learn something.

  13. jason Says:

    its about time justice will be served goodbye scumbag

  14. Kelly Says:

    It is 5:51PM, 9 more minutes and one more devil will be gone !!!

    BURN IN HELL !!!!!

  15. Ann Says:

    If he was alive in Biblical days, he would have been stoned to death. Whatever he did, he to should have that done to him. And why do we taxpayers go on supporting this kind of behavior??

  16. RAYMOND WILKES UK Says:

    LIVE BY THE SWORD DIE BY THE NEEDLE THATS LESS THAN YOU DESERVE

  17. RAYMOND WILKES UK Says:

    I HOPE HELL LIKE IN THE MOVIE “GHOST” FOR YOU.

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