Serial killer Bobby Joe Long is scheduled to be executed at 6 p.m. Thursday at Florida State Prison in the 1984 murder of Michelle Simms in Hillsborough County.
Long would be the first death row inmate executed since Gov. Ron DeSantis took office in January. But Florida has a long history of executions after the death penalty was reinstated in 1976, following a four-year hiatus stemming from a U.S. Supreme Court ruling.
Here is a by-the-numbers look at the death penalty in Florida, according to information from the state Department of Corrections:
• 27: Age of youngest death row inmate, Michael Shane Bargo Jr., who was convicted in a 2011 murder in Marion County.
In April 2011, prosecutors say, Bargo — along with co-defendants Amber Wright, Kyle Hooper, Charlie Ely and Justin Soto — lured Seath Jackson, 15, to a Summerfield home where they beat, shot and tortured him, then burned his body. His remains were placed into paint buckets and dropped into a water-filled quarry. Authorities say Bargo was the ringleader. He was convicted in August 2013 and sentenced to death row.
The Florida Supreme Court in 2017 granted Bargo resentencing because the jury