Lake County killer's execution due at...

Lake County killer's execution due at 6 p.m. Tuesday

There are 59 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Sep 23, 2008, titled Lake County killer's execution due at 6 p.m. Tuesday. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

Barring a final-hour reprieve, Lake County child killer Richard Henyard today will become the 66th person executed by the state since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976.

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Pachacutec

Fort Collins, CO

#2 Sep 23, 2008
This POS raped and shot a woman in the presence of her two little girls and then killed them; if there were truly justice in the world, he would not get the "easy" out of a lethal injection, he would have to suffer the full amount of pain he put his victims through. Why not put his sorry rear end in old Sparky and then slowwwwlly turn up the voltage, make him suffer. Please, don't anyone tell me that if he'd have to stay in prison for the rest of his life how bad it would be; as long as he's alive there is always a chance he'll be set free. Too, I'm sure taxpayers can think of many other uses for their tax dollars than to feed and house a monster like this.
Ltcher

Tallahassee, FL

#3 Sep 23, 2008
The guy deserves what he is going to get but you have to feel a little sorry for people like that. His mom was a drug addict and a prostitute. No wonder he turned out that way, he never had a chance. There needs to be some serious changes made in communities like that to keep this from happening again. Again, I still think he deserves whats coming.
Nici

Alexandria, VA

#5 Sep 23, 2008
I still don't get why anyone would hold a prayer vigil for a monster like this? What has got to go wrong in someone's brain to protest this guy's execution? Maybe they should have been there that night, when these 2 poor kids were shot to death. You people make me sick - you stand out there and protest the death of these monsters when you should be celebrating the fact that they will never be able to hurt someone again. Look at Cooey, if they would have gotten rid of that horrible piece of trash the first time he hurt a child, Jessica Lundsford would still be around. And I don't even want to hear that he should be locked up for life - because that is NEVER the case. 10 years later they are released for good behavior and another kid goes missing.
Pachacutec

Fort Collins, CO

#6 Sep 23, 2008
Nici wrote:
I still don't get why anyone would hold a prayer vigil for a monster like this? What has got to go wrong in someone's brain to protest this guy's execution? Maybe they should have been there that night, when these 2 poor kids were shot to death. You people make me sick - you stand out there and protest the death of these monsters when you should be celebrating the fact that they will never be able to hurt someone again. Look at Cooey, if they would have gotten rid of that horrible piece of trash the first time he hurt a child, Jessica Lundsford would still be around. And I don't even want to hear that he should be locked up for life - because that is NEVER the case. 10 years later they are released for good behavior and another kid goes missing.
You are 100 percent correct! I'd love to see the people who get outraged over the execution of a monster like this show HALF of that emotion on behalf of his victims, wouldn't you? HE had a choice as to what he did, his poor victims had no choice whatsoever.
Thorn

United States

#8 Sep 23, 2008
Your going to die "BOY"

Floriduh needs to open up an express lane on death row.
Jerome

Sanford, FL

#9 Sep 23, 2008
It's too bad that the news media has to make this lady re-live the horrible crime by repeating the story. Why give this dirtbagg any coverage at all? Just kill him and be done with it.
orlando native

United States

#11 Sep 23, 2008
What is sad is that it has taken 15 years for this guy to be executed. If it took 5 years for this guy to be executed, there wouldn't be as much on death row and people wouldn't want to be there. They have a free ride for 10 plus more years, live on the tax payers money.
south suwannee county

Lexington, KY

#12 Sep 23, 2008
Dam shame it took 15 years
Gloom and Doom

Silver Spring, MD

#13 Sep 23, 2008
6 PM. Time really flies when your having fun. Hey! Chicken Coop, I mean Henyard, I hope you think really hard about what you did right up to 6 this evening. I also hope you come to the conclusion that what you did was vile, wrong and nothing but cold blooded murder. I hope you get right with your maker but I doubt he will forgive you for this. Bye Bye Henyard. The hottest coal in hell awaits your butt.
Waldo

Palm Bay, FL

#14 Sep 23, 2008
Though shot in the mouth and between the eyes, Lewis survived. She teaches third grade at Tavares Elementary School, counsels rape victims and co-pastors the New Directions Family Worship Center in Marion County with her husband, Hugh Brockington, whom she met after the murders. They have a son.

Lewis, through school officials, declined requests to comment.

In a brief interview with the Orlando Sentinel after Crist signed the death warrant, Lewis reaffirmed her opposition to the death penalty, saying, "It won't bring back my girls."
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Nici posts: "Maybe they should have been there that night, when these 2 poor kids were shot to death." Lewis WAS there and it was her two daughters, Jamilya and Jasmine who were killed and she was raped, shot and left for dead. The only one who has the right to speak is Dorothy Lewis. She is a woman of great faith and mercy and has been able to put this in God's hands.

As to the prayer vigil, you assume they are protesting the execution, and yes, in a way they are. But they are praying for those who died and those who are going to die. If you had any faith in God you would be doing the same.
R U 4 REAL

Deerfield Beach, FL

#15 Sep 23, 2008
orlando native wrote:
What is sad is that it has taken 15 years for this guy to be executed. If it took 5 years for this guy to be executed, there wouldn't be as much on death row and people wouldn't want to be there. They have a free ride for 10 plus more years, live on the tax payers money.
I was thinking the exact same thing. If the death penalty was swift, it woudl detur more people from committing such crimes. Frankly, I think once you get the death penalty, you should have three years to make all your appeals. If those appeals fail, you are DONE. The injustice to everyone is not right. The injustice to the victim, the community and the tax payer is outrageous! I certainly wouldn't give this dirt ball a moments thought once they put him to death. Good riddence to bad trash.
nana2

Tarpon Springs, FL

#16 Sep 23, 2008
He has gotten to live longer than the two little babies he killed for no reason..
Yard Dart

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#17 Sep 23, 2008
Waldo wrote:
Though shot in the mouth and between the eyes, Lewis survived. She teaches third grade at Tavares Elementary School, counsels rape victims and co-pastors the New Directions Family Worship Center in Marion County with her husband, Hugh Brockington, whom she met after the murders. They have a son.
Lewis, through school officials, declined requests to comment.
In a brief interview with the Orlando Sentinel after Crist signed the death warrant, Lewis reaffirmed her opposition to the death penalty, saying, "It won't bring back my girls."
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Nici posts: "Maybe they should have been there that night, when these 2 poor kids were shot to death." Lewis WAS there and it was her two daughters, Jamilya and Jasmine who were killed and she was raped, shot and left for dead. The only one who has the right to speak is Dorothy Lewis. She is a woman of great faith and mercy and has been able to put this in God's hands.
As to the prayer vigil, you assume they are protesting the execution, and yes, in a way they are. But they are praying for those who died and those who are going to die. If you had any faith in God you would be doing the same.
Regardless of the teachings of my faith; Richard Henyard needs to be eliminated from our society. If given the opportunity I would happily give the state a favor and supply the gun, bullet, and trigger person. If god wouldn't let me into heaven for an act that preserves our society then to hell with me.
Juan

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

#18 Sep 23, 2008
God may forgive him. I don't...Die SOB
been here since 85

Casselberry, FL

#19 Sep 23, 2008
Waldo wrote:
Though shot in the mouth and between the eyes, Lewis survived. She teaches third grade at Tavares Elementary School, counsels rape victims and co-pastors the New Directions Family Worship Center in Marion County with her husband, Hugh Brockington, whom she met after the murders. They have a son.
Lewis, through school officials, declined requests to comment.
In a brief interview with the Orlando Sentinel after Crist signed the death warrant, Lewis reaffirmed her opposition to the death penalty, saying, "It won't bring back my girls."
**********
Nici posts: "Maybe they should have been there that night, when these 2 poor kids were shot to death." Lewis WAS there and it was her two daughters, Jamilya and Jasmine who were killed and she was raped, shot and left for dead. The only one who has the right to speak is Dorothy Lewis. She is a woman of great faith and mercy and has been able to put this in God's hands.
As to the prayer vigil, you assume they are protesting the execution, and yes, in a way they are. But they are praying for those who died and those who are going to die. If you had any faith in God you would be doing the same.
Thanks Waldo.
Dorothy Lewis' opinion is the only one that matters in this case.(IMHO) As a true Christian, what is she going to say? God bless her. Somehow she found a way to hold her head high and live on.
Yeah, we believe he deserves it, and this should have been done 15 years ago. I don't know her, but I believe there is a part of her that will be satisfied when this day is over.
Hell is waiting for you Henyard. Thou shalt not kill.
Waldo

Palm Bay, FL

#20 Sep 23, 2008
Yard Dart wrote:
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Regardless of the teachings of my faith; Richard Henyard needs to be eliminated from our society. If given the opportunity I would happily give the state a favor and supply the gun, bullet, and trigger person. If god wouldn't let me into heaven for an act that preserves our society then to hell with me.
What you said "Regardless of the teachings of my faith" tells me a lot about your faith. You are willing to kill someone and you don't care if you go to hell? That also tells me a lot about you.

My faith is one that pleads for justice but also asks for mercy. That is my hope and prayer. I believe God saves and Jesus came to save the sinners. Now whether that is in this world or the next, I will leave that up to God.

My gut also feels that this guy deserves to die. What he did cannot be forgiven on a human level. But I will always pray that God is a better judge than I will ever be. If Henyard can be forgiven then there is hope for all of us sinners who fall short.
Old Sparky

West Palm Beach, FL

#22 Sep 23, 2008
GIVE HIM TO ME!!! LET ME GIVE HIM MY SWEET EMBRACE!!!

For real, may Satans hoof always be on this dirtbags nutsack in hell!!!
Pachacutec

Fort Collins, CO

#24 Sep 23, 2008
Waldo wrote:
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What you said "Regardless of the teachings of my faith" tells me a lot about your faith. You are willing to kill someone and you don't care if you go to hell? That also tells me a lot about you.
My faith is one that pleads for justice but also asks for mercy. That is my hope and prayer. I believe God saves and Jesus came to save the sinners. Now whether that is in this world or the next, I will leave that up to God.
My gut also feels that this guy deserves to die. What he did cannot be forgiven on a human level. But I will always pray that God is a better judge than I will ever be. If Henyard can be forgiven then there is hope for all of us sinners who fall short.
I guess we are ALL sinners on one level or another; however, whatever my sins are, they do NOT include killing little children. There is a Bible verse in the Old Testament which roughly says, "If a man commits murder, let him be taken, even from my altar, and himself put to death." Sounds good to me!!
been here since 85

Casselberry, FL

#25 Sep 23, 2008
Waldo wrote:
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What you said "Regardless of the teachings of my faith" tells me a lot about your faith. You are willing to kill someone and you don't care if you go to hell? That also tells me a lot about you.
My faith is one that pleads for justice but also asks for mercy. That is my hope and prayer. I believe God saves and Jesus came to save the sinners. Now whether that is in this world or the next, I will leave that up to God.
My gut also feels that this guy deserves to die. What he did cannot be forgiven on a human level. But I will always pray that God is a better judge than I will ever be. If Henyard can be forgiven then there is hope for all of us sinners who fall short.
Waldo, I hear you.

Remember Jesus' words while on the cross: "Forgive them Father for they know not what they do."

Henyard knew what he was doing. Evil exists in the world. Satan makes sure of it.

Good exists, too. Dorothy Lewis has a special place waiting for her in heaven.

Free will is the issue here. God gave us free will.
Waldo

Palm Bay, FL

#26 Sep 23, 2008
Been Here Since 85 states a basic tenet from the Ten Commandments "Thou shall not kill" and yet that is exactly what you are condoning. It is okay to kill some people some time but not other people at other times? I know enough about the Bible to know that after God gave the Ten Commandments that He also told His people to go into the land of Caanan and kill them all. Also that it was capital punishment to disobey any of the Ten Commandments and a bunch more were added to the list that deserved capital punishment.

So you are left with either obeying part of that commandment or pursuing the Biblical punishments for all the sins found deserving of death in the Old Testament. Pick and choose what you want to believe. Don't say God commanded that "Thou shall not kill" to justify killing. You need another scripture to justify what you are saying. It is never so simple.

As far as Dorothy Lewis being "satisfied when this day is over" I believe that only she will know how she feels. We only have the one comment -- "It won't bring back my girls." What we have are her actions to help others since that horrible day. I don't think she will be "satisfied" today -- she has made her peace with it long ago and has found ways to express herself in the work that she does on a daily basis. That is the true legacy she has given in the name of her daughters.

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