State Attorney Ayala's decision refuels death penalty debate
Dara Kam, News Service of Florida
March 27, 2017 at 2:13PM
Florida's death penalty has been roiled by controversy for decades, marred in the past by botched executions —- including one that resulted in the retirement of "Old Sparky" —- and, more recently, by court rulings condemning the way defendants were sentenced to death. It's been more than a year since a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, in a case known as Hurst v. Florida, put executions on hold and sent the death penalty into a state of limbo.