A man convicted of raping and killing a college student yelled “murderers!” three times as he was put to death by lethal injection. Eric Scott Branch thrashed about on his stretcher and shouted and screamed before he fell silent.
He was pronounced dead at 7.05pm on Thursday at Florida State Prison.
The 47-year-old was executed for the 1993 rape and fatal beating of University of West Florida student Susan Morris.
The 21-year-old’s naked body was found buried in a shallow grave near a nature trail.
“She had been beaten, stomped, sexually assaulted and strangled. She bore numerous bruises and lacerations, both eyes were swollen shut,” judges who rejected one of Branch’s previous appeals at the Florida Supreme Court had noted. Read more