A former short-order cook who confessed to 41 murders was executed in Florida's 75-year-old electric chair Monday in the state's first execution since a malfunction caused flames to shoot from a condemned man's head a year ago.
There was no smoke or flame this time as Gerald Stano, 46, was executed for killing a 17-year-old hitchhiker in 1973.
And today, Leo Jones, who had challenged the constitutionality of Florida's use of the electric chair, died there for the murder of a police officer.
Jones was condemned for the 1981 slaying of Thomas Szafranski, who was struck in the head by a sniper's bullet while sitting in his patrol car in downtown Jacksonville.
Jones' execution was the second of four scheduled over nine days. Judy Buenoano, 54, the "Black Widow," is scheduled to be executed Monday for the murder of her husband. Twenty-four hours later, the state plans to execute Daniel Remeta, 40, for the 1985 fatal shooting of Mehrle Reeder, a convenience store clerk in Ocala.