December 15, 2000 |
An inmate who died of cancer on death row 11 months ago has been cleared by DNA in the 1985 rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl, and an aide to Gov. Jeb Bush said Thursday that he is planning similar tests for other condemned prisoners. Frank Lee Smith died at age 52 after 14 years on death row for the slaying of Shandra Whitehead, who was raped, beaten and choked in her bedroom in Fort Lauderdale. Smith was scheduled for execution in 1990 but won a stay.
August 17, 2000 |
The government took its time--nearly a year--to tell Brett Bogle that part of the reason he is on death row may be because the FBI Crime Laboratory got it wrong. As far back as last September, the government knew that a key piece of evidence--a single strand of hair--had been misidentified by FBI examiner Michael Malone. But that crucial bit of information was not turned over to Bogle until recently and now he plans to use it to win himself a new trial.
February 16, 2000 |
Given a choice, Florida's death row inmates would rather be executed by lethal injection than in the electric chair, the state Department of Corrections said Tuesday. Two-thirds of the 366 inmates on death row had until Monday to inform the Florida State Prison warden if they wanted to go to the electric chair rather than be injected with a fatal combination of drugs. None did, the state Department of Corrections said. The remaining third have appeals pending before the Florida Supreme Court.
June 10, 1999 |
Florida Gov. Jeb Bush signed his first death warrants Wednesday for two convicted murderers who will face execution next month in a new electric chair that replaced the state's famous "Old Sparky." Thomas Provenzano, 50, is scheduled to die July 7 for the 1984 murder of a bailiff during a bloody rampage at the Orange County Courthouse in Orlando. The execution of Allen Lee Davis, 54, for the 1982 murders of a mother and her two daughters is set for July 8.
September 19, 1998 |
Loretta Randley, who was jailed last year when prison officials discovered she never served a manslaughter sentence imposed 17 years ago, is free. Randley, 58, who was sentenced in 1981 to eight years in prison for the shooting death of her boyfriend, had her sentence commuted by a state clemency board in Tallahassee, Fla., to time served. Her lawyer argued that she essentially had served probation at home all those years.
July 31, 1998 |
Immigrant detainees housed in a county jail in northwestern Florida endured verbal and physical abuse, including electric shocks and beatings, at the hands of their guards, immigrant advocates said Thursday. The allegations so concerned the Immigration and Naturalization Service, which sends detainees to county jails when its facilities are overcrowded, that it transferred 34 immigrants from the Jackson County Jail earlier this month, said Maria Elena Garcia, Florida spokeswoman for the INS.