In a case stemming from the 1978 murder of a woman after she left a Leesburg grocery store, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a challenge to Florida’s standards for determining whether Death Row inmates should be shielded from execution because they are mentally disabled.
The death warrant has been signed for a former Sweetwater Police officer convicted of nine murders.
On Florida’s death row for more than three decades, a twice-convicted murderer is scheduled to be executed this week for the murder of a St. Petersburg woman.
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office has finally responded to last week’s federal court decision that Florida’s death penalty is unconstitutional. Bondi’s office said the decision was erroneously applied and questioned the federal courts right to interpret Florida law.