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Vigil Held at State Capitol For Executed Inmate

October 6th, 2017 by Jake Stofan
57-year-old Michael Lambrix was put to death Thursday night at 10:10 pm.
He was convicted of killing two people after a night of drinking.
To the end Lambrix maintained his innocence.
Anti-death penalty advocates held a vigil in the State Capitol as a show of protest against the state’s death penalty law.
“He was a better person than the act that occurred that day. He went on to do other things with his life. He became a completely different person,” said Sheila Meehan with Tallahassee Citizens Against the Death Penalty.
A record number of 29 vigils were scheduled from Wednesday through Friday around the state.
“Which is just an indication that the concern with the death penalty is increasing in our state,” said Ingrid Del Gado with The Florida Catholic Conference.
Those at the vigil say Lambrix, guilty or not didn’t deserve to die.
“Mike Lambrix would have been just fine if he had had a life sentence and would never have harmed anyone. We’re no safe today because he’s dead,” said Meehan.
          
Until the very end, convicted killer Michael Lambrix held out hope the state would stop his execution.
“As we get closer and closer the expectations grow fewer and fewer,” Lambrix said in an interview two days before his execution.
In his final hours Lambix’s attorney filed four applications for his execution to be delayed by the Supreme Court. All of which were denied without explanation.
Lambrix’s sentence was handed out without a unanimous jury vote, a practice deemed unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court.
He wasn’t eligible for re-sentencing  because his crime was committed before 2002.
Lambrix was declared dead late Thursday night.
He was the 94th inmate to be executed in the state since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976.
Lambrix was also the 24th inmate executed under Governor Rick Scott.
Scott has put more prisoners to death than any other Florida Governor.

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