New Execution Date Following Supreme Court Ruling

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- The execution of a man who killed a prison guard while on death row has been rescheduled for Jan. 7.

Gov. Rick Scott set the new date Friday in a letter to Florida State Prison's warden.

Askari Abdullah Muhammad, formerly known as Thomas Knight, was scheduled for execution Dec. 3. The Florida Supreme Court delayed the execution and ordered hearings on a claim that the sedative midazolam hydrochloride -- which is used in the state's new lethal injection procedure -- doesn't prevent pain after being administered. The court ruled Thursday that a new drug works effectively.

The 62-year-old Knight has been on death row for nearly 40 years. He was convicted of fatally stabbing Corrections Officer Richard Burke with the sharpened end of a spoon in 1980.

Knight was originally condemned for the 1974 murders of Sidney and Lillian Gans of Miami Beach.

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