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New drug used in Florida execution
FLORIDA -- A drug that's normally used in hospitals.. was used to execute a Florida man yesterday.
William Happ was put to death by lethal injection for strangling a woman 27 years ago.
Happ's last words stunned the family of the victim.
"That was a surprise, I didn't expect that. We were talking earlier, none of us did."
Nearly three decades after the abduction and murder of his 21-year-old sister Angie, Chris Crowley finally heard the words he and the rest of his family have waited so long to hear.
"The fact that he admitted it, apologized for it, that- that was a shock."
William Happ, convicted of murdering Angela Crowley in Crystal River in 1986, was executed by lethal injection Tuesday at the Florida State Prison.
In his final statement, delivered just minutes before he was set to die, Happ not only confessed to the crime, but issued an apology to the Crowley family.
"He took responsibility for it. Um, the apology? you know, for what it's worth, uh, you know, I personally think that was more for himself than anything."
Happ was the first death row inmate to be executed using a new type of sedative, following a nationwide shortage of the old one.
While the new sedative is frequently used in the operating room, it's never before been used for an execution.
"They used a drug today that is a very beneficial medicine, and they used it to kill someone. It's never been used for that before."
Death penalty opponents were quick to criticize the state for moving forward with the execution, despite their concerns about the drug.
But Crowley, speaking on behalf of the family afterwards, said any punishment short of death would simply send the wrong message.
"To do anything less, is to say to the murderers, their life is more valuable then the ones that they've taken."