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Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty

Faith leaders from across Pinellas and Pasco counties are urging State Attorney Bernie McCabe to stop seeking the death penalty in murder cases.

Among the 46 pastors and priests who signed a letter to McCabe were Bishop Gregory Parkes from the Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg and Reverend Russell Meyer, the director of the Florida Council of Churches.

Now formally facing the death penalty, the suspect in the Valentine's Day school shooting that killed 17 people in Parkland is headed for a court appearance Wednesday on a 34-count indictment.

Already, the Florida Supreme Court has rejected more than three dozen appeals involving death row inmates, who received their sentences before 2002 and did not require unanimous juries. A panel of Florida lawmakers is now trying again to make a fix to that part of the state’s death penalty process.

Justices Reject 10 More Death Penalty Appeals

Feb 5, 2018

The Florida Supreme Court on Friday turned down appeals by 10 longtime Death Row inmates, as it continued rejecting batches of similar cases.

Justices Continue Rejecting Death Row Appeals

Jan 30, 2018

The Florida Supreme Court opinions started showing up in batches of 10 last week.

State Attorney Andrew Warren has decided he will seek the death penalty for the man accused of murdering four people in Seminole Heights.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

Authorities are expected to announce a decision on whether prosecutors will seek the death penalty against a 24-year-old man suspected of randomly killing four people and terrorizing a Tampa neighborhood for several months.

A Florida man convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend, her new boyfriend and her parents has avoided the death penalty.

A Florida man is facing a possible death sentence after being convicted of killing of his ex-girlfriend, her new boyfriend and her parents.

Florida Executes Man For 1991 Tampa Killings

Nov 9, 2017
Florida Department of Corrections

A man convicted of killing two people in 1991 on Wednesday became the third inmate executed in Florida since the state resumed carrying out the death penalty after a hiatus.

Florida is scheduled to execute an inmate on Wednesday who was convicted of slashing one man's throat and fatally shooting another six times in 1991.

Supreme Court Rejects Stay In Pending Execution

Nov 2, 2017

One week before Death Row inmate Patrick Hannon is scheduled to be put to death, the Florida Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to grant a stay of execution.

A state prosecutor is seeking the death penalty after losing a legal battle with the governor over her previous blanket policy against executions.

Scott Schedules Execution In Hillsborough Murders

Oct 9, 2017

Less than 24 hours after the state executed Death Row inmate Cary Michael Lambrix, Gov. Rick Scott on Friday signed a death warrant for a man convicted in two 1991 murders in Hillsborough County.

If Mike Lambrix’s case played out today exactly the way it did when he was convicted in 1984, he would not have been sent to Death Row and executed, as he was Thursday night.

For more than a year and a half I exchanged letters with Lambrix, who preferred to go by Mike. I met him and his family to report the radio documentary: “Cell 1: Florida’s Death Penalty in Limbo.” The death penalty in Florida is no longer in limbo, and Lambrix was the second inmate to be put to death since executions resumed at the end of August.

A Death Row Inmate's Final Hours

Oct 6, 2017

Death Row inmate Michael Lambrix was set to become the second person in the state of Florida to be executed this year, as of Thursday evening. The state has had a long debate about the death penalty, but executions have resumed after the U.S. Supreme Court previously declared Florida's sentencing process to be unconstitutional. 

Lambrix, 57, has been on Death Row for 34 years. He was convicted in 1984 of killing two people, but has always maintained that he is innocent.  

Michael Lambrix is set to be executed on Oct. 5.

He was next in line to be executed when a U.S. Supreme Court decision threw Florida's death penalty into limbo. He was one of two Death Row inmates who had active death warrants for a year and a half. Mark Asay, the other inmate, was executed on Aug. 24, breaking the hiatus.

Florida Governor Rick Scott has set a date for the execution of Michael Lambrix.

A Florida prosecutor who fought and lost a battle with the governor over her decision not to seek the death penalty said Friday that she will comply with a state Supreme Court decision and seek it in future cases if it is unanimously recommended by a panel of her assistant prosecutors.

The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday sided with Gov. Rick Scott in a high-profile dispute about whether he exceeded his authority by stripping Orlando-area State Attorney Aramis Ayala of death penalty cases.

Gov. Rick Scott has taken two more capital murder cases from a prosecutor who is opposed to the death penalty.

color:#181818">Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren has withdrawn pursuit of the death penalty in five of 24 cases he inherited when he took over the office in January, The Tampa Bay Times reported. A sixth defendant avoided death row with a guilty plea.


Thursday night, Florida executed Mark Asay, who was declared dead at 6:22 p.m. He broke Florida’s year-and-a-half hiatus for the death penalty as the first person executed since January 2016.

While the state of Florida is set to execute the first person in more than a year and a half, 150 other Death Row inmates await new sentences.

The death penalty was put on hold in the state after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the landmark case of Hurst v. Florida that the process applied for sentencing someone to death was unconstitutional. 

The state of Florida is poised to execute the first person in more than a year and a half this Thursday, August 24. 

Florida Supreme Court Won’t Block Asay’s Execution

Aug 15, 2017

Rejecting arguments about a new lethal-injection procedure, the Florida Supreme Court on Monday refused to block the scheduled Aug. 24 execution of Death Row inmate Mark James Asay.

Dispute Continues Over Lethal Injection Drug

Aug 8, 2017

A Death Row inmate scheduled to be executed this month continues to mount challenges to the state's newly adopted lethal-injection procedure — never before used in Florida or any other state — but Attorney General Pam Bondi's lawyers are urging the Florida Supreme Court to reject the latest attempt.

State Defends Use Of New Execution Drug

Aug 4, 2017

Attorney General Pam Bondi's office Thursday asked the Florida Supreme Court to reject an appeal from Mark James Asay, a Death Row prisoner whose scheduled Aug. 24 execution would be the first in more than 18 months in the state.

New Lethal Injection Drug Focus Of Execution Fight

Aug 2, 2017

It's not unusual for lawyers representing Death Row prisoners whose execution dates have been set to file last-minute appeals to try to get more time to argue about why their clients should be spared.

A federal lawsuit is challenging Florida's policy of isolating all death row prison inmates in solitary confinement indefinitely.

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