Bradford judge halts scheduled execution of Marshall Gore


Published: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 2:28 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 2:28 p.m.

A Bradford County judge has ordered a second stay of execution for Marshall Lee Gore, who was convicted of killing two women and attempting to kill a third 25 years ago.

Gore's execution was originally scheduled for June 24, but an hour before it was to take place, the federal 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta ordered a stay based on Gore's attorney's claim that Gore was insane and ineligible for execution. A federal appeals court lifted the stay on June 28.

Gore's execution was rescheduled for Wednesday, but on Tuesday, Circuit Judge Ysleta McDonald in Bradford County, home to the Florida State Prison where Florida's executions take place, found reasonable grounds that Gore is too insane to be executed following an emergency appeal filed by Gore's attorney, Todd Scher.

The Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits execution of insane inmates. McDonald also on Tuesday ordered more hearings on Gore.

It is not unusual for death row inmates to be granted multiple stays, and according to the Department of Corrections website, the vast majority of the 77 inmates executed in Florida since 1976 received two or more death warrants.

Gore, 49, has been on death row for 23 years.

In 1988, Gore was convicted of strangling and killing Robyn Novick of Lauderhill and Susan Roark in Columbia County. He was also convicted of attempting to murder Tina Coralis and kidnapping Coralis' 2-year-old son.

Although initially upon seeing pictures of Novick's body, Gore told police that he deserved the death penalty, later in court he denied knowing her.

Gore's attorneys had previously argued that Gore was mentally ill and mentally deranged, claims that several judges struck down.

Contact Kristine Crane at 338-3119 or kristine.crane@gvillesun.com.

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