On this day, July 8, in 1999, Allen Lee Davis was executed by electrocution by the state of Florida, the last time Florida used the electric chair.
Davis, 54, was put to death for the murders of a pregnant woman, Nancy Weiler, and her two daughters during a robbery in 1982.
The 344-pound Davis beat Nancy Weiler so hard with a gun that the weapon's butt broke off. He was still able to use the gun to shoot Weiler's daughters, ages 10 and 5.
The execution of the 344-pound Davis drew nationwide attention after blood poured from his nose and he suffered burns to his head, leg and groin area.
Florida switched to lethal injection the next year.
-- Scott McCabe