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Scott on signing Oba Chandler's death warrant: "It was the right case."



Gov. Rick Scott says there was no specific reason he chose Oba Chandler as the next Death Row inmate to be executed.

"(He) killed three women, so I looked through different cases, and it made sense to do that one," Scott told reporters Tuesday. "There's never one thing. It was the right case."

Scott signed Chandler's death warrant Monday, two weeks after the execution of Manuel Valle on Sept. 28.

Chandler was found guilty in the murders of Joan Rogers and her teen daughters, Michelle and Christe, of Ohio. He lured them to his boat, bound and gagged them, sexually assaulted them, tied concrete blocks to their necks, and tossed their bodies into Tampa Bay.

"It's interesting because you feel sorry for the families of all these people," Scott said. "It's just like I do with all these clemency cases every quarter. You have to think about what happened to these families."

Chandler is to be executed Nov. 15 at 4 p.m.

Read more in today's Times and in its Pulitzer Prize-winning series on the murders, "Angels & Demons."

[Last modified: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 2:34pm]


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