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    Florida to execute white man for racially motivated murder

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. — For the first time in state history, Florida is expecting Thursday to execute a white man for killing a black person — and it plans to do so with the help of a drug that has never been used before in any US execution.

    Barring a stay, Mark Asay, 53, is scheduled to die by lethal injection after 6 p.m. Asay was convicted by a jury of two racially motivated, premeditated murders in Jacksonville in 1987.

    The planned execution — Florida’s first since the US Supreme Court halted the practice in the state more than 18 months ago — is expected to be carried out using etomidate, an anesthetic that has been approved by the Florida Supreme Court.

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    Two other drugs also will be used.

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    Asay, who is white, fatally shot Robert Lee Booker, 34, a black man, after making multiple racist comments, prosecutors said.

    Asay’s second victim was Robert McDowell, 26, who was mixed race, white and Hispanic.

    Prosecutors say Asay had hired McDowell, who was dressed as a woman, for sex and shot him six times after discovering his gender.

    Asay would be the state’s first white man to be executed in Florida for killing a black man.

    Associated Press