Florida executes man with drug not previously used in lethal injections
Deathrow inmate Mark James Asay is pictured in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters August 14, 2017. Florida Department of Corrections/Handout via REUTERS

A 53-year-old man convicted of killing two men in 1987 was executed by Florida on Thursday evening by a lethal injection that included a drug never before used in a U.S. execution, state officials said.

Mark James Asay was the first white man to be put to death in Florida for killing a black man since the state reinstituted the death penalty in 1979.

(Reporting by Bernie Woodall; Editing by Peter Cooney and Dan Grebler)