Daryl Mack, who repeatedly noted that he would rather be executed than spend the next 20 years of his life on death row pursuing legal appeals, was executed Wednesday for a 1988 murder in Reno. Mack was convicted in 2002. He was the 12th person executed in Nevada since capital punishment was reinstated in 1977, and the 11th to waive remaining appeals at the time of execution. He was the first black man to be executed in the Nevada since executions resumed in the state.
On the same day that Mack was lethally injected in Nevada, the U.S. Supreme Court considered the issue of lethal injection in a Florida case. Many executions nationally have been stayed because of this issue. (Review-Journal, April 27, 2006) .
There have been 15 executions in the U.S. this year, down from 17 carried out at this time in 2005. This year's executions are nearly 60% fewer than the number of executions at this time in 1999 (36).