Allen Lee Davis
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|Allen Lee Davis|
Mug shot of Davis
July 20, 1944|
|Died||July 8, 1999(aged 54)|
|Cause of death||Electrocution|
|Other names||Tiny, Bud|
|Weight||350 lb (159 kg)|
|Criminal charge||3 counts of first-degree murder|
|Criminal penalty||Death by electric chair|
|Victims||Three (four, if unborn child is included)|
Span of crimes
|May 11, 1982–|
Allen Lee Davis (July 20, 1944 – July 8, 1999) was an American mass murderer executed for the May 11, 1982, murder of Nancy Weiler, who was three months pregnant, in Jacksonville, Florida. According to reports, Nancy Weiler was "beaten almost beyond recognition" by Davis with a .357 Magnum, and hit over 25 times in the face and head.
He was also convicted of killing Nancy Weiler's two daughters, Kristina (age 10, shot twice in the face) and Katherine (age 5, shot as she was trying to run away and then skull beaten in with the gun). Davis was on parole for armed robbery at the time of the murders. He was executed on July 8, 1999. He requested a last meal consisting of one lobster tail, fried potatoes, a half pound of fried shrimp, six ounces of fried clams, half a loaf of garlic bread, and 32 ounces of A&W Root Beer. However, his last meal request was denied and was instead given the Florida standard meal.
Davis' execution drew nationwide media attention after he bled profusely from the nose while being electrocuted. Also during his time in the electric chair, Davis suffered burns to his head, leg, and groin area. A subsequent investigation concluded that Davis had begun bleeding before the first jolt of electricity was applied. He had been taking blood thinning medication for an unrelated health problem. It was concluded that the electric chair had functioned as designed and the Florida Supreme Court upheld electrocution as a means of capital punishment. However, a dissenting justice published photos of the aftermath of the incident in an attempt to argue that the practice of capital punishment by electrocution was outdated, and that any future executions should be carried out through lethal injection.
As of 2018, Davis was the last Florida inmate killed by the electric chair; beginning in 2000, all subsequent executions were by lethal injection.
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