Gov. Rick Scott signs death warrant for Oscar Ray Bolin Jr., schedules execution for January
Less than 24 hours after Florida's most recent execution of a death row inmate, Republican Gov. Rick Scott has signed another death warrant.
Oscar Ray Bolin, Jr. killed three women in the Tampa Bay area in 1986. He was sentenced to death for two of them and is serving a life sentence on the third.
Scott's office sent a letter and signed death warrant today to Warden John Palmer at the Florida State Prison. Download Bolin Warrant. Bolin's execution is scheduled for 6 p.m. Jan. 7.
Bolin is being put to death for the 1986 murder of Teri Lynn Matthews, whom he abducted from the Land O' Lakes Post Office in the early morning hours of Dec. 5, 1986.
As Scott's office recounted: Bolin brought Matthews' severely beaten body to the home of his 13-year-old half-brother, who reported that he saw the body wrapped in a sheet outside the home and heard moaning. Bolin bludgeoned Matthews with a wooden club, sprayed the her with a water hose and loaded her into a truck to dispose of her body. She was found wrapped in the sheet on the side of the road in Pasco County later that day with severe head injuries and stab wounds in her neck and body.
Bolin appealed his case to federal court but his petition was denied in 2013, and the 11th Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals also denied to review the case.
Bolin has been convicted of two other murders in Hillsborough County. He is currently sentenced to death for the 1986 murder of Stephanie Collins and is serving a life sentence for the 1986 murder of Natalie Holley.
Last night, at 7:36 p.m., the state of Florida put Jerry Correll to death for stabbing and killing his daughter, ex-wife, and her mother and sister in Orlando.
Correll’s execution was the 22nd to take place in the death chamber at Florida State Prison since Scott took office in 2011 -- more than any other governor since the death penalty was reinstated in Florida in 1976.