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Florida executes killer Martin Grossman

Martin Grossman in an undated photo provided by the Florida Department of Corrections.
Online groups had campaigned against Grossman's execution

A death row inmate has been executed in Florida for the killing of a wildlife officer more than 25 years ago.

Martin Edward Grossman, 45, died on Tuesday at Florida State Prison, a spokesman for the US state's governor, Charlie Crist, said.

Both the Vatican and Jewish groups had asked for clemency for Grossman, arguing that he had shown remorse.

"I accept responsibility", said Grossman, who murdered a 26-year-old woman in 1984, in a last statement.

Grossman shot Margaret "Peggy" Park in the back of the head with her own gun in Pinellas County, in western Florida.

"I fully regret everything that occurred that night, for everything that was done, whether I remember everything or not," Grossman was quoted as saying by Florida TV station WTSP.

An online petition by Jewish groups gathered more than 34,000 signatures against Grossman's execution.

Supporters of Grossman argued he had an IQ below average and a history of epilepsy.

"A psychiatrist who evaluated him concluded, from his psychological and medical condition, that he could not have formed the intent to kill," the campaigners said on their website.

Ms Park's mother Peggy Park said Grossman's execution was long overdue, according to the AP news agency.

Sixty-eight people on death row in Florida have been executed since capital punishment was reintroduced in the state in 1976.

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