>> 53 year old Mark James Asay is scheduled to be executed, in Florida, Thursday evening, by lethal injection, which includes a never before used drug. In Florida, the drug, etomidate, has replaced midazolam, a controversial drug that some manufacturers say they don't want used in executions. But as Asay's attorney says etomidate, which would be a part of a three drug lethal injection protocol, causes pain before it takes hold, and could cause involuntary body movements.
He said that could make it difficult for corrections personnel to know when he is unconscious. Asay was sentenced to death in 1988 for the killing of two men, one black, one white, in Jacksonville a year earlier. According to the death penalty information center, Asay would be the first white man executed for killing a black man in Florida, since the state revived its death penalty in 1979.