Oba Chandler, set to be executed by the State of Florida on November 15, brought one final appeal to the courts, as detailed in a previous post. However, a Pinellas-Pasco circuit Judge rejected Chandler’s arguement that he should get a new sentencing hearing, after U.S. Supreme Court cases and a recent decision by a federal judge in Miami declared Florida’s death penalty statute unconstitutional. The judge ruled that those federal cases were decided after Chandler’s conviction and do not apply retroactively. Chandler’s appeal now goes to the Florida Supreme Court, which has already upheld his death sentence in 1997 and 2003.
Oba Chandler’s Appeal Rejected