Florida Justices to Hear Serial Killer's Appeal
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Supreme Court is hearing an appeal from a serial killer, who is set for execution next week.
Lawyers for 58-year-old David Gore plan to ask the justices to block the April 12 execution during oral argument Wednesday.
One contention is that Gov. Rick Scott was unconstitutionally influenced to sign Gore's death warrant by a meeting with a newspaper editorial board.
Gore was sentenced to die for the 1984 murder of 17-year-old Lynn Elliott in Indian River County. Gore also is serving life sentences for killing five other women.
Another argument is Gore received inadequate legal assistance during resentencing proceedings from a lawyer who has since been disbarred.
Gore also contends his execution would be cruel and unusual punishment because he's already spent nearly 30 years on death row.
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