Gov. Rick Scott Signs Death Warrant for Elmer Carroll

I’m on the road with spotty internet, so more details will come on this post soon, but for now, here’s a quick summary on the latest death warrant signed in Florida, this one for Elmer Leon Carroll.

According to the case summary, Carroll was convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of 10-year-old Christine McGowan. From the summary:

“Robert Rank attempted to wake his stepdaughter, Christine McGowan, on the morning of 10/30/90 and, when she did not answer his calls, Rank went to McGowan’s room.  He noticed her door, which was open the night before, was closed.  Upon entering the room, Rank discovered McGowan face down on the bed.  She had blood between her legs and her body was cold to the touch.  Rank then noticed that the front door was slightly open and his construction truck was missing.  Police investigators at the scene determined that McGowan had been raped and strangled to death, and issued a bulletin regarding the stolen construction truck.

Upon hearing a radio bulletin regarding the stolen construction truck, Debbie Hyatt notified police that she remembered seeing the abandoned truck and a man, later identified as Elmer Carroll, walking easterly away from the truck.  As a result of Hyatt’s tip, Carroll was arrested.  When law enforcement officers searched Carroll for weapons, they found a box cutter and the keys to the stolen construction truck.

Information presented at trial revealed that Carroll was a resident of the halfway house located next door to the victim’s home and that Carroll had remarked to other residents about the “cute” girl next door.  DNA evidence recovered from the scene matched Carroll’s saliva, semen and pubic hair.”

Carroll, 56, is scheduled to die by lethal injection on May 28 at 6 p.m. ET at Florida State Prison in Starke.

Related Reading:

Governor signs death warrant for Apopka girl’s killer

Elmer Leon Carroll execution: Florida man to die by lethal injection for Christine McGowan murder

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