MIAMI (CBS Miami/AP) – A South Florida killer has had his stay of execution lifted, but his case is now headed to the Florida Supreme Court.
A Bradford County judge ruled this week that Marshall Lee Gore, a former escort service owner, was sane and could be executed.
Gore had been scheduled to die earlier this month by lethal injection. But a judge halted Gore’s execution to consider whether Gore is mentally ill.
Gore’s lawyer — who says his client is insane — immediately appealed the latest decision. The Florida Supreme Court gave attorneys for Gore and the state until Aug. 7 to file motions.
Gore was convicted in the 1988 slaying of Robyn Novick, a 30-year-old exotic dancer whose naked body was found in a rural part of Miami-Dade, partly covered by a blue tarpaulin.
In addition to Novick, Gore also was sentenced to death for the 1988 slaying of Susan Roark.
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