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Florida’s Execution of Marshall Lee Gore Stayed a Second Time

Florida death row inmate Marshall Lee Gore, scheduled to be executed tonight, has been given another last-minute stay, his second one in a little more than two weeks.

Gore, who received two death sentences for the 1988 killings of Susan Roark and Robyn Novick, was only an hour away from execution June 24, when his first reprieve came through. The lethal injection was temporarily stayed by the  U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in order to hear arguments from Gore’s attorneys that he is insane, and therefore ineligible for execution.

That appeal was denied a few days later on June 28, when judges ruled he had not met the necessary criteria for halting the execution. The stay was lifted and a new execution date was set for today.

But Gore got another reprieve Tuesday when a judge ordered more hearings. From David Ovalle for the Miami Herald:

On Tuesday, a Bradford County circuit judge agreed with Gore’s defense lawyers and found “reasonable grounds” that the Death Row inmate was too insane to be executed.

Circuit Judge Ysleta McDonald ordered that more hearings be held to determine Gore’s mental state and whether his execution may proceed without violating the Supreme Court’s ruling banning the execution of the mentally incompetent.

One of Gore’s attorneys, Todd Scher, told the Sun Sentinel“he has a long history of mental illness and delusional behavior and all of that needs to be brought to the court’s attention. The law is very clear that somebody who is not sane cannot be executed.”

The additional last-minute reprieve frustrated the victims’ family members, some of whom planned to attend the execution.

“I don’t know why we have to protect individuals like this when it was clearly shown that he was responsible for the death,” Novick’s cousin Phil Novick told the Sentinel in a telephone interview Tuesday. “When he finally does meet his end, I’ll just forget about him like last Wednesday’s trash. It’s like putting down a dog. Just a wasted life and an all-lose situation all the way around.”

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Stay of Execution Lifted for Marshall Gore

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

UPDATE: A new execution date has been set for Marshall Gore. He is now set for execution on July 10, 2013 at 6 p.m. 

According to Miami Herald reporter David Ovalle, the stay of execution for Marshall Gore, whose execution was halted Monday night, has been lifted and a new date will soon be set. (Update: here’s a link to the Herald story that’s now published.)

Gore, who received two death sentences for the 1988 killings of Susan Roark and Robyn Novick, was only an hour away from execution when a federal appeals court temporarily stayed the lethal injection.

The U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals stopped the execution in order to hear arguments from Gore’s attorneys that he is insane, and therefore ineligible for execution. However, the court wanted to move quickly so they could come to a decision before the death warrant, signed in May, could expire.

Oral arguments were held today and Gore’s appeal was subsequently denied. Because the warrant is still active, a new execution date will likely be set quite soon.

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Tonight’s Execution of Marshall Lee Gore in Florida Temporarily Stayed

This is a developing story. Check back for updates. 

What would have been the third execution in Florida in 6 weeks has been delayed, as a federal appeals court temporarily stayed the lethal injection of Marshall Lee Gore just an hour before it was to be carried out.

From David Ovalle for the Miami Herald

The U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Atlanta, issued the stay to give Gore’s lawyers a chance to hash out a claim that he cannot be executed because he is insane.

But the court said it would move quickly to come to a decision before the death warrant signed by Gov. Rick Scott expires. Oral arguments will be held Thursday.

Gore received two death sentences for the 1988 killings of Susan Roark and Robyn Novick. Relatives of Novick had traveled to Starke to witness the execution and according to Ovalle’s report were unhappy with the stay.

“They’re upset. This has been going on for 25 years,” retired Columbia Sheriff’s Office Lt. Neal Nydam, told Ovalle. “They’re trying to find closure and it’s not going to happen today.”

Gore had already been served his last meal of steak, a Coke and a baked potato that he did not eat. He also met with the volunteer chaplain, who serves as spiritual adviser to some of the inmates. 

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Execution of Marshall Lee Gore Set to Move Forward As Planned

It appears the execution of Marshall Lee Gore, slated for lethal injection on June 24, will proceed as scheduled, according to the latest court rulings.

Gore, who was given two death sentences for the 1988 killings of Susan Roark and Robyn Novick, at one point received a temporary stay after his attorneys argued that he was insane and should not be executed.

Gov. Rick Scott rescinded that stay on Saturday, June 1, after a three-doctor commission examined Gore and determined him mentally competent to stand execution.

Then on Thursday, June 6, the Florida Supreme Court denied Gore’s motion for a stay, saying there was no “substantive reason for granting a stay.”

Currently no other appeals have been filed and Gore’s execution is scheduled to move forward as planned.

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Florida Executions Speeding Up As Gov. Scott Signs Another Death Warrant

Just 10 days after signing his fourth death warrant of 2013, Gov. Scott has used the stroke of his pen to send another Florida inmate on his way to the execution chamber.

The governor’s office reported today that Scott has signed death warrant for 49-year-old Marshall Lee Gore, whose execution is schedule for June 24. Gore was given two death sentences for the 1988 killings of Susan Roark and Robyn Novick.

According to court documents, in March 1988 police found the body of a white female covered with a blue tarp in Miami-Dade County. Dental records were used to identify the body as Robyn Novick. Witnesses testified that five days earlier they saw Novick get into a yellow Corvette and leave a bar in the company of a man who was later identified in photos as Marshall Gore. The Florida Capital Case Commission’s summary goes on to detail how Gore was also seen driving what appeared to be Novick’s car:

On the morning of 03/12/88, Gore came to the house of David Restrepo, driving a yellow Corvette with “Robyn N” on the license plate.  Restrepo was told by Gore that his girlfriend had loaned him the car.  Gore and Restrepo then drove to a strip club, and Gore explained that he wanted to change his name to Robyn.  The two then went to a convenience store, but after leaving the store, Gore lost control of the vehicle, which flipped several times and came to a rest with two flat tires.  Gore and Restrepo abandoned the wrecked car.  Police found the abandoned car and discovered credit cards, a driver license, and cigarette case, all belonging to Robyn Novick.

A month later the skeletonized remains of Susan Roark were found in Columbia County. Roark was last seen alive in Cleveland, Tennessee when the two struck up a conversation and drove away in Roark’s car. Gore later arrived in Tampa driving Roark’s car and convinced a friend to help him pawn several of Roark’s things.

Gore was sentenced to death in the Roark case in 1990 and then again in the Novick case in 1995. In a piece for The Miami Herald, David Ovalle writes that “Gore’s 1995 trial in Miami was marked by disruptive behavior. He cursed, laughed and howled during the trial, angering the victim’s family and frustrating his own lawyer.”

The prosecutor in the case showed some disruptive behavior as well, and in 1998 the Florida Supreme Court overturned Gore’s conviction. More from Ovalle:

The Florida Supreme Court, in 1998, overturned the conviction after ruling that the prosecutor on the case “exceeded the proper conduct and professionalism” in taunting Gore and telling a jury “he deserves to die.”

Gore received a new trial a year later and was again sentenced to death.

Gore also has been handed numerous other sentences, including a life sentence for the attempted murder of Tina Coralis in 1988. According to The Associated Press, “two days after killing Novick, Gore attacked Coralis. After beating, raping and stabbing her, Gore left Coralis her for dead on the side of the road near the scene where Novick’s body was found earlier.”

Scott’s death warrant only refers to the death of Novick. He is scheduled to receive a lethal injection at 6 p.m. ET June 24 at Florida State Prison in Starke.

Upcoming Florida Executions:

Elmer Carroll, May 28

William Van Poyck, June 12

Marshall Lee Gore, June 24

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