On Aug. 13, Gov. Scott had scheduled the execution of Marshall Lee Gore for 6 p.m. Sept. 10. But less than a week later, Scott advised Florida State Prison Warden John Palmer that he was moving the execution to 6 p.m. Oct. 1 "at the request of the Attorney General."
Speaking to reporters Monday outside the Capitol, Scott said he was simply complying with a request from a state Cabinet member when he rescheduled the execution.
Said Bondi: "The planned execution of Marshall Lee Gore had already been stayed twice by the courts, and we should not have requested that the date of the execution be moved.''
Attorney General Pam Bondi said Monday she should not have requested an execution be rescheduled from the night of her "campaign kickoff" fundraiser. Bondi's statement came after Gov. Rick Scott said he was unaware that the waterfront Tampa fundraiser, scheduled for Tuesday, was the reason she had requested the delay in the execution of convicted murderer Marshall Lee Gore.