Robert L. Henry executed for 1987 Deerfield Beach murders

South Fla. man beat co-workers with hammer, set them on fire

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Robert L. Henry is set to be executed for the 1987 murders of his co-workers in Deerfield Beach.

STARKE, Fla. - A South Florida man convicted of killing two women by beating them with a hammer and setting them on fire during a robbery has been executed.

Robert L. Henry was pronounced dead at 6:16 p.m. after a lethal injection at the Florida State Prison.

He was convicted of the Nov. 2, 1987, murders of Phyllis Harris, 53, and Janet Thermidor, 35, his co-workers at Cloth World in Deerfield Beach.

Henry at first told authorities the crime was committed by an unknown assailant. But Thermidor lived for hours after being attacked and identified Henry to investigators.

Authorities said Henry stole $1,269 from the fabric store.

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