The U.S. Supreme Court, however, blocked the execution late tonight so that it could rule on the constitutionality of the death next month.
Ferguson, 64, has been on death row for 34 years!
An 11th house stay based on Ferguson’s severe mental illness was lifted Friday, clearing the way for Ferguson to die from a lethal injection.
Ferguson’s lawyers have been arguing for years that Ferguson suffers from mental illness and has no understanding he is about to be executed, something that had been disputed by experts.
Ferguson killed six people in a house in 1977 during an incident in Carol City that was supposed to be a simple robbery. A mask that Ferguson wore during the incident fell, and he decided to shoot everybody dead.
He also killed teenage lovers in 1978 in nearby Hialeah.
Those in Ferguson’s camp said he suffers from schizophrenia and delusions that includes claims God would send Ferguson back to earth after his death to dismantle a communist plot against the United States!
Ferguson was convicted of two separate killings of multiple victims, and was suspected in a third.
In 1977, Ferguson and two accomplices shot six people in a Carol City home. At the time, it was the worst mass killing in Miami-Dade County history.
Ferguson posed as an electric utility worker to gain access to the Carol City house to rob the alleged pot dealers who lived inside.
Most of those victims had nothing to do with drugs and were just there at the wrong time.
Six months later, the discovery of the dead bodies of Brian Glenfeldt and Belinda Worley, both 17, shocked Hialeah. The teens had left a church event with plans to meet friends for ice cream but never made it.
The lovers were approached by Ferguson, who was dressed as a police officer. He shot them both and raped Worley.
The gun that Ferguson used on the couple was linked to the killings of an elderly couple shot dead in a Miami motel. Ferguson was never charged.
Meanwhile, Ferguson’s two accomplices in the Carol City slayings, Beauford White and Marvin Francois, were both executed in the 1980s.