Mirror UK –A white supremacist convicted of committing two ‘racially motivated’ murders sobbed his way through his final interview hours before he is due to be killed .
Mark Asay, gunned down a black man and a second victim in Jacksonville 1987, and will be executed for the crimes later this evening.
Authorities will use a lethal cocktail containing a drug never used before for the execution, which will make the 53-year-old the first white man in Florida to be put to death for killing a black person.
Asay, who has a number of ‘white power’ and swastika tattoos, has been on death row since he was convicted of a pair of racially motivated murders just minutes apart.
In his final interview with News4Jax, he becomes emotional, telling the interviewer he is not a racist and only committed one of the murders.
He says he got his racist tattoos when he was 19 in prison because he wanted to “fit in” and “keep safe” – but has since had most of them covered up or “burnt off”.
Asay denied he is a white supremacist, saying: “Never have been, I’ve had African American friends all my life.”
The interviewer asks him if there’s anything he wants to say and the criminal can be seen to noticeably sob as he tells him: “Well, really, just that I’m sorry and things just got out of control.”
Asay is scheduled to be executed at 6pm on Thursday, using a triple-drug lethal injection.
It will be Florida’s first execution in more than 19 months since a US Supreme Court ruling struck down the state’s death-penalty sentencing system.
Asay’s execution was permitted to proceed after the law was changed.
He was 23 when he was convicted in 1988 of the murders of Robert Booker, 34, and Robert McDowell, 26.
Asay shot Mr Booker, who was black, after racially abusing him, and then killed Mr McDowell, who was mixed race and dressed as a woman, after agreeing to pay him for oral sex and discovering that he was a man.
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