May 18, 2001 |
The recent murder convictions of Nathaniel Brazill and Lionel Tate, 14-year-old boys tried as adults, have prompted questions about how Florida handles young convicts, but prison officials said that few are housed with adult criminals. Florida has 406 convicted criminals under 18 in its adult prison system, state Department of Corrections spokeswoman Debbie Buchanan said.
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April 20, 2001 |
Genetic evidence from a 1980 Seal Beach rape and murder scene has linked a Florida inmate to the crime, the California attorney general's office said Thursday. Benjamin Wayne Watta, 55, was identified when authorities ran the DNA evidence through the California DNA Convicted Felon Databank. He will be extradited and charged with first-degree murder, a Seal Beach police spokesman said.
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.