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US man executed in Florida for beating two women with hammers, burning them alive

Published on Mar 21, 2014 9:11 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - A United States man was executed on Thursday in Florida, where he was convicted of beating two female co-workers with hammers before burning them alive.

Robert Henry, 55, died by lethal injection at 6.16pm after 25 years on death row, the Florida Department of Corrections said. Henry was sentenced to death for the November 1987 murder of Ms Phyllis Harris, 53, and Ms Janet Thermidor, 35, in the fabric store where the three worked in Deerfield Beach.

The African-American maintenance man had told Ms Harris that burglars had instructed him to tie and blindfold her in the restroom, and she complied. He then beat Ms Thermidor with a hammer in the store office, stole cash from the register, doused the area with flammable liquid and set it on fire.

Henry then returned to Ms Harris, beating her with a hammer and setting her ablaze.

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