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Florida executes man who killed 2 women by beating them with hammer, setting them on fire

A Florida man convicted of killing two female co-workers by beating them with a hammer and setting them ablaze during a robbery at the store where they worked has been executed.

Authorities say 55-year-old Robert L. Henry was pronounced dead at 6:16 p.m. following a lethal injection Thursday at the Florida State Prison.

He was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder in the Nov. 2, 1987, slayings of 53-year-old Phyllis Harris and 35-year-old Janet Thermidor at the Cloth World store in Deerfield Beach. Authorities said he stole $1,269 from the fabric store.

Thermidor lived for hours after being attacked and identified Henry to investigators. Michael Satz, prosecutor at Henry's 1988 trial, told jurors the killings were evil, adding "He literally burned them up."

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AP Legal Affairs Writer Curt Anderson contributed to this report from Miami.

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