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Attorneys argue lethal injection is cruel and unusual punishment for Bobby Joe Long

Posted at 6:01 PM, May 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-03 18:10:52-04

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — Attorneys for a serial killer sentenced to death argue that lethal injection is cruel and unusual punishment because of their client's medical condition.

"He afflicted pain on my daughter and he’s worried about pain and what he’s going to feel? No, that's not right," said Lula Williams.  

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Her daughter was one of the victims of convicted killer Bobby Joe Long. He was sentenced to death in 1985 after admitting to killing at least 10 women.

"It’s just been too long. This has been a strain. It's emotional and physical on the family," said Williams.

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The governor signed a death warrant for Long last week and now his attorneys are trying to fight it.

They're saying lethal injection is cruel and unusual punishment because Long has a medical condition.

"To have this person find excuse after excuse to face his judgment, he did wrong. Pay for it. You have to pay for your sins," said Williams. 

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Long called into the hearing on Friday from the state prison in Stark.

"I was told I wasn’t required, so I don’t want to be there," said Long over the phone.

The judge heard from experts on lethal injection, including a doctor from California who said the procedure is not cruel and unusual for Long's condition.

The victim’s mother says she just wants justice for her daughter after waiting for 35 years to get it.

"Now his time has come, its time to end this," said Williams.

The judge has until Monday to make a decision on this case.