Florida executes ‘ninja killer’ for couple’s 1989 death

On Wednesday, the state of Florida put to death Louis Bernard Gaskin, who was also known as the “ninja killer”, for the murder of a New Jersey couple in 1989.

Robert Sturmfels, 56, and Georgette Sturmfels, 55, were killed by Gaskin in their winter home in Flagler County on the northeastern coast of Florida, the Associated Press reported.

According to the governor’s office, Gaskin was pronounced dead at 6:15 p.m. after receiving a lethal injection.

Earlier in the day, Gaskin had his last meal at 9:45 a.m., which included a variety of food items such as BBQ pork ribs, pork and turkey neck, Buffalo wings, shrimp fried rice, french fries, and water.

During a news conference, Department of Corrections spokesperson Kayla McLaughlin Smith stated that Gaskin’s sister visited him on the day of his execution, but he did not meet with a spiritual adviser.

Notably, no relatives of the victims were present in the witness room during the execution, which began as scheduled at 6 p.m.

When asked if he had any final statement, Gaskin said: “Justice is not about the crime. It’s not about the criminal. It’s about the law,” as reported by the AP.

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