COPY-Crist signs 1st death warrant, ends halt on lethal injections

Associated Press - July 18, 2007 1:44 PM ET

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Governor Charlie Crist has signed his first death warrant since taking office in January.

Today's signing ends a temporary halt on lethal injections that was imposed because of a botched execution last year.

Mark Schwab is scheduled to be executed November 15th. He was sentenced to death in 1992 after he was convicted of first-degree murder, sexual battery upon a child and kidnapping of a child under 13.

Then-Governor Jeb Bush suspended all Florida executions in December after a medical examiner said that prison officials botched the insertion of the needles when a convicted killer was put to death. Since then the state has adopted the recommendations of a panel to make the process work better.

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