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Stay of execution for former escort service owner

STARKE — A former escort service owner convicted in the slayings of two Florida women was granted a temporary stay of execution Monday, hours before he was to have received a lethal injection for one of those deaths.

Marshall Lee Gore had been scheduled to die at the Florida State Prison at 6 p.m. for the 1988 slaying of Robyn Novick, a 30-year-old exotic dancer. But the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals approved a motion filed by Gore's attorney less than two hours before that.

A hearing in the case will be held Thursday.

In his emergency motion, attorney Todd Scher argued that Gore's execution would violate the Eighth Amendment, which forbids the state from carrying out a death sentence against a prisoner who is insane.

A panel of doctors appointed by Gov. Rick Scott concluded in May that Gore was mentally competent to be executed.

Stay of execution for former escort service owner 06/24/13 [Last modified: Monday, June 24, 2013 11:29pm]
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