Update: Thursday, October 29, 2015  10:36 pm EDT

 

Jerry W. Correll has been executed by the state of Florida.  Read more here.

 

Update: Monday, October 26, 2015  9:59 am EDT

 

Jerry W. Correll is scheduled to be executed at 6 pm EST, on Thursday, October 29, 2015, at the Florida State Prison near Raiford, Florida.  Fifty-nine-year-old Jerry is convicted of the murder his ex-wife Susan Correll, Susan’s sister Marybeth Jones, their mother Mary Lou Hines, and five-year-old Tuesday Correll, daughter of Susan and Jerry.  They were murdered on July 1, 1985, in Orlando, Florida.  Jerry has spent the last 29 years of his life on Florida’s death row.

 

Jerry testified at his trial, along with his mother, that he had a “happy” and normal childhood.  Jerry later claimed that he had a deprived childhood.  Jerry had a history of drug and alcohol abuse throughout his life.  Prior to his arrest, Jerry worked as a painter and builder of fiberglass parts.  He also worked at Walt Disney World.

 

On the morning of July 1, 1985, police were called to the Hines’ home.  Inside were the three woman and the young girl, all with multiple stab wounds.  They had all died from their injuries.  Defensive wounds were found on the three older women.  Jerry Correll arrived at the scene approximately an hour and a half after the sheriff’s department investigator arrived.

 

Correll voluntarily went to the police station, where he gave a recorded statement regarding his whereabouts the previous night.  In his statement, Correll said he was drinking and smoking marijuana with a  woman during the time of the murder.  Correll also said that the two of them later drove to Kissimmee.  While at the sheriff’s station, Correll had his fingerprints taken.  Pictures were also taken of scratches, cuts, and bruises, on his hands and forearms.

 

Correll was arrested the following day.  Fingerprints and palm prints from the murder scene were eventually matched to Correll.  It was also determined that Susan had been raped.  Although it could not be confirmed that Correll perpetrated the rape, it could also not be positively concluded that he did not perpetrate the rape.  Evidence also showed that Correll had previously made life threatening statements to his ex-wife.  

  

Jerry Correll had been given an execution date earlier this year on February 26, 2015.  He was granted a stay of execution by the Florida Supreme Court.  Florida is one of several states that uses midazolam in their executions.  The Supreme Court of the United States had, early in 2015, agreed to hear a case from Oklahoma regarding the constitutionality of the use of the drug midazolam in executions, as several states had experienced prolonged executions when using the drug.  There were also concerns that the inmates were not fully unconscious during the executions.  In June, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the drug midazolam was acceptable to use in executions.  Jerry will be the first Florida execution since the Supreme Court’s decision.

 

Please pray for peace and healing for the families of Susan Correll, Marybeth Jones, Mary Lou Hines, and Tuesday Correll.  Please pray for strength for the family of Jerry.  Please pray that if Jerry is innocent or lacks the competency to be executed, evidence will be presented before his execution.  Please pray that Jerry may come to find peace through  personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already found one.

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