STARKE, Fla. - A man convicted of killing a 21-year-old woman in the last miles of her long Memorial Day weekend drive across Florida in 1986 is set to face execution Tuesday.
William Happ is scheduled to receive a lethal injection at 6 p.m. at the Florida State Prison for the death of Angie Crowley.
Crowley's mother and two siblings died before they could see the sentence carried out, but Crowley's surviving sisters and brothers said they would be in Starke, Fla., to watch as Happ is executed.
"Once this is over, we don't have to worry about legal aspects of it again. We can sit back and enjoy the memories and that's sort of what we're all looking forward to," said Crowley's brother Chris, who is making the trip from Missouri for the execution.
Angie Crowley had moved to Florida from Oregon, Ill., just five months before her 1986 murder. The 21-year-old was working as a travel agent in the Fort Lauderdale area and planned to make the 300-mile drive to visit a college friend in Yankeetown. Crowley was prone to getting lost, so her friend told her to drive to a convenience store in Crystal River and call her from a pay phone in the parking lot and she'd met her and guide here the last few miles.
Crowley found the store, but she never made it to the phone. Happ just happened to be there, too. He smashed the window to the car and kidnapped Crowley and took her to a canal where he struck her in the head with severe blows between 10 and 20 times. He raped her then strangled her with her stretch pants and threw her body in the water.
Happ left for California, where he was in custody on unrelated charges. A detective flew from Florida to get one of his sneakers and later matched it to a shoe print at the scene of the killing.
At the time, Happ was a high school dropout living with his aunt. He did odd jobs, laid bricks and did some landscaping. He was also abusing alcohol and drugs.
Crowley was a beautiful, smart, popular woman who was pursuing her dream to travel the world. Her murder shocked Oregon, a town of about 3,500 about 25 miles southwest of Rockford, Ill. She was an honor student, cheerleader and musician.
She just happened to pull into the parking lot at the wrong time.
"They just intersected — and the odds," Chris Crowley said. "Those are lottery odds."
The randomness of the crime has left questions in Crowley's mind.
"The only thing I would like to know is why, and I don't expect to find out. I don't expect him to say anything," Crowley said. "I have a lot of hatred for the man. A lot of hatred."
After Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed Happ's death warrant, Happ told a judge he did not want any lawyers filing appeals for him, making the chance of a last minute stay in the execution unlikely.
A new method of lethal injection will be used during Happ's execution.
It's called Midazolam Hydrocholoride.
The drug is the first of three that will be pumped into Happ.
It's designed to induce unconsciousness, paralysis and death by cardiac arrest.
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