A Florida inmate was executed with a chemical injection on Wednesday for brutally murdering two people in 1991. In fact, this was the third inmate execution held in Florida since the state returned to death penalty. Patrick Hannon, 52-year-old, was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder. He slashed one man’s throat and deadly shot another one, according to official records.
The two victims of Patrick Hannon were Brandon Snider, 27, and Robert Carter, 28. Hannon went to Snider’s apartment in Tampa with two of his friends. As written in documents, Jim Acker, Hannon’s friend, was first to attack Snider with a knife for vandalizing his sister’s apartment. When Snider was “eviscerated” by the attack, Hannon sliced his throat to death. The other victim Robert Carter, Snider’s roommate, tried to hide under the bed upstairs. However, Hannon dragged him out of his shelter and shot him to death with 6 bullets, as shown by investigation.
According to a CBS news reporter, who was among the witnesses watching the execution, Hannon’s last message before his death included, “I hope this execution gives the Carter family some peace.” He also added saying, “I wish I could have done more to save Robert. I didn’t kill anybody, but Ron Richardson and James Acker did.”
The jury found Patrick Hannon guilty in both murders and was unanimous in the death penalty recommendation. The double killer was confirmed dead at Florida State Prison in Starke after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his last minute appeals.