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Thirty-two years later, man set to be executed for St. Petersburg murder

Unless there is a last-minute stay, a man condemned for the 1980 murder of a woman in St. Petersburg will be executed this evening at Florida State Prison in Starke.

Robert Waterhouse, 65, is sentenced to die for the January 1980 murder of Deborah Kammerer, 29.

Gov. Rick Scott signed Waterhouse's death warrant on Jan. 4.

Waterhouse was seen leaving a bar with Kammerer the night before she was found dead. Blood, hair and fiber evidence also tied him to the murder. He previously had served eight years in prison in New York for raping and murdering an elderly woman.

Appeals by Waterhouse's lawyer were rejected by the Florida Supreme Court last week, but the lawyer said he intended to explore more appeals in the federal courts.

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Details of husband's ambush attempt released

A Wesley Chapel man accused of trying to set his wife ablaze, but badly burning himself instead, dropped a steak knife and an axe handle as he chased her outside her apartment earlier this month, records released Tuesday show. After Hillsborough County deputies responded to the Feb. 6 incident at the Countrywood Apartments in Carrollwood, they said they found a gas canister and duct tape in the car that the man, Matthew Wong, 50, was driving. A search warrant affidavit filed Tuesday shows they also found a bottle of ether.

Deputies said Wong, who is estranged from his wife, Gloria Davis, sought to ambush her.

Thirty-two years later, man set to be executed for St. Petersburg murder 02/14/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 15, 2012 11:58am]
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