Mark James Asay, a white supremacist who killed two people, will be given a three-drug cocktail that has never been tested in the US

A white supremacist who murdered two people in a 1987 shooting in Jacksonville is set to become on Thursday the first inmate executed in Florida in 19 months, reigniting fierce debate over the death penalty and raising questions about drugs purchased by the state for lethal injections.

The controversial three-drug cocktail that will end the life of 53-year-old Mark James Asay on a gurney at the Florida state prison in Raiford shortly after 6pm is experimental, the ingredients never having been tested together in the US.

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