Execution STAYED: John Errol Ferguson


John Errol Ferguson was not executed last night, after receiving a last-minute stay late Tuesday evening. Here’s a rundown of the frantic flurry of appeals that were filed last night:

Monday evening, the U.S. Court of Appeals lifted the District Court’s stay of execution in a divided opinion, clearing the way for Ferguson’s execution to proceed as scheduled at 6 p.m. local time. Ferguson’s attorneys appealed that ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court in three different appeals, all of which were denied around 7 p.m. Tuesday evening.

Ferguson’s attorneys then filed a new appeal at the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, which is the court that lifted the previous stay late Monday night.

According to CNN’s timeline of events, the Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay around 8:50 p.m.. The state of Florida petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the decision, but finally around 11:30 p.m., the Supreme Court denied the state’s request to let the execution proceed as planned. It’s unclear now when or if Ferguson will be executed, as the Court considers the latest appeal.

Ferguson was being prepared for the execution when he was told about the last minute appeal. He had already had a last meal of a country fried sandwich and sweet tea, according to Florida Department of Corrections press secretary Jo Ellyn Rackleff.


You can read all about the circus-like saga of Ferguson’s execution in these previous posts:

BREAKING: Stay Lifted for John Ferguson, Execution Tonight

BREAKING: Another Stay for John Errol Ferguson

New Execution Date Set for John Errol Ferguson

Update on Upcoming Florida Execution of John Errol Ferguson

Gov. Rick Scott Puts Upcoming FL Execution on Hold

Lawyers Say Florida Death Row Inmate is Likely Insane, Ask Governor to Delay Execution

New Florida Death Warrant

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6 thoughts on “Execution STAYED: John Errol Ferguson

  1. Dudley Sharp says:

    You may want to do an article about the 8 people murdered.

    “(Furguson) was convicted of killing eight people in South Florida. Six victims died in a drug related, execution-style mass killing in Carol City in 1977. Two Hialeah teenagers were slain on their way to a church meeting in 1978.


    “When the police arrived, they found six dead bodies, all of which had their hands tied behind their back and had been shot in the back of the head. Johnnie Hall survived a shotgun blast to the head and testified regarding the execution of the other men in the living room.”

    Ferguson’s two accomplices, Marvin Francois and Beauford White, were executed in 1985 and 1987, respectively.

    Ferguson was also convicted in the murders of two Hialeah teenagers, Brian Glenfeld and Belinda Worley, who had been on their way to meet friends at an ice cream parlor in January 1978.

    • bullzeye says:

      Thank you Dudley. Please don’t do an article about how many MILLIONS was spent to keep this POS alive for 34 years though. We are all sick enough.

  2. bullzeye says:

    This is a JOKE!! All these judges are disgraceful! He got another stay?? SCOTUS turns him down last 2 appeals and now Federal court in Atlanta grants him a stay? Weren’t they the ones who lifted it?? There goes another 2 million. They are just ripping off taxpayers and making a farce out of the law now.

  3. Sounds like you’ve got a lot of hatred in you bullzeye. Mustn’t be pleasant to live with that 😦 I hope you feel relief this morning.

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  5. kevin adam kanzer. says:

    he should have been killed in 1978!!!

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