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John Errol Ferguson, convicted mass murderer, executed in Fla.

Updated 8:00 p.m. ET

John Errol Ferguson
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(CBS/AP) STARKE, Fla. - John Errol Ferguson, a mass murderer from Miami-Dade County, was executed by lethal injection at Florida State Prison 6 p.m. ET Monday.

The 65-year-old was convicted of killing eight people in South Florida in two separate incidents in the 1970s..

Ferguson made a brief final statement before 25 witnesses before his execution.

"I just want everyone to know that I am the prince of God and will rise again," he said calmly, according to The Associated Press.

In the first incident, Ferguson gained entry into a Carol City home on July 27, 1977, by posing as a utility employee. He then bound and blindfolded Margaret Wooden, the woman who let him in, and also let two accomplices into the home. In time, seven more people - Henry Clayton, Johnnie Hall, Randolph Holmes, Michael Miller, Charles Stinson, Livingston Stocker and Gilbert Williams - came to the house and were bound and blindfolded.

Ferguson placed a pillow over Wooden's head and shot her, but she survived. The other seven men were shot execution-style in the back of the head. Hall survived a shotgun blast to the head, but the rest of the men died. Both of Ferguson's accomplices were executed in the 1980s.

While under indictment for the Carol City murders, Ferguson murdered two Hialeah teenagers who were on their way to a church meeting in 1978. Posing as a police officer, Ferguson confronted Brian Glenfeldt and Belinda Worley, both 17 years old. Ferguson shot Glenfeldt in the back of the head, the chest and the arm. Ferguson then took Worley into the woods, raped her and shot her in the back of the head. Ferguson also took the teenagers' money and jewelry.

Gov. Rick Scott initially signed Ferguson's death warrant last fall, scheduling him to die Oct. 16, 2012. But appeals at the state and federal level kept the execution from going forward. Ferguson's lawyers have filed numerous appeals in several courts. They contend their client is mentally ill and has suffered from schizophrenia since he was a teen.

Ferguson's lawyers say several psychiatrists have ruled over the years that Ferguson is mentally ill. Most of those evaluations came when Ferguson was in a state mental hospital in the 1970s.

If Ferguson's execution is carried out, he will be the fifth death row inmate in Florida to be executed since December, the Miami Herald reports.

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