Florida has set the execution of Mark Schwab, — again.
Mark Dean Schwab had only been out of prison for one short month before he raped and murdered his next victim, an 11-year-old elementary school child, in 1991. He had gotten an early release from a prison sentence he got for raping a 13-year-old boy.
Junny Rios-Martinez was a Florida sixth-grader who liked baseball and surfing. Junny also liked to fly kites, which earned him a picture and short article in Florida Today, a Brevard County newspaper, after he won a kite-flying contest.
After seeing this in the paper, Schwab posed as a photographer who wanted to do another article and in so doing gained the trust of Junny and his family. Junny’s parents did not know Dean was really Mark Dean Schwab, a child molester who had served time for sodomizing a 13-year-old boy at knife point.
About 10 days later, Schwab called Junny’s school and pretended to be his father telling Junny to meet him at a nearby baseball field. When the boy arrived, he found Schwab driving a U-Haul and willingly got into the truck.
Schwab took the boy to a hotel room and bound him with duct tape. Then he cut the crying boy’s clothes off with a knife, raped him, then killed him. Schwab stuffed Junny’s body into a footlocker he’d bought at K-Mart earlier that day and hid the trunk in some woods.
Schwab was sentenced to death in the 1991 slaying of Junny Rios-Martinez, but the execution was delayed by appeals. On Nov. 14, Schwab’s execution was delayed until the U.S. Supreme Court decided whether lethal injection is constitutional. In April, the court ruled it is, and in May, Gov. Charlie Crist ordered that Schwab be executed.
His execution marks Florida’s first state killing since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in April that the commonly used, three-drug lethal cocktail is not cruel and unusual punishment under the U.S. Constitution.
Schwab’s execution is now set for Tuesday, July 1, 2008, barring any last minute reprieves.
We always hear a lot about the person to be executed, many times in sympathetic terms because it’s never a happy time, but I think we should take a good long look at the picture of Junny before we feel too sorry for Mark Dean Schwab. Junny is the one who was tortured, raped, and murdered. Junny hasn’t breathed another breath since April 18th of 1991.
Let’s Just Remember Junny.
RAIFORD– Florida’s first execution in more than 18 months happened without a hitch Tuesday, as the state put to death a man who raped and killed an 11-year-old boy.
Mark Dean Schwab, 39, was executed by lethal injection shortly after 6 p.m. at Florida State Prison near Starke. He was sentenced to death in the 1991 kidnapping, rape and murder of Junny Rios-Martinez of Cocoa.