[Deathpenalty]death penalty news-----TEXAS, FLA.
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Thu Jul 7 23:45:28 CDT 2005
TEXAS----new execution date
Jaime Elizalde has received a Nov. 2 execution date; it should be
Fla. high court overturns 1 death sentence, upholds 4 others
The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday overturned the death sentence of a
man convicted of a 1996 Highlands County murder, but rejected appeals from
4 other death row inmates.
The court ordered that Donny Crook's death sentence be thrown out and that
he instead be sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole
for the fatal stabbing and beating of Betty Spurlock, a bar owner.
In a 6-1 decision, the court said that while Crook brutally killed the
victim, the sentencing judge overlooked mitigating factors, including
evidence from medical experts that Crook had brain damage and was
borderline mentally retarded.
Spurlock, 59, co-owner of the Bull Penn Bar, was stabbed and beaten. Her
blood was found on Crook's T-shirt.
The Supreme Court rejected appeals from 4 other death row inmates,
including Michael Duane Zack, a drifter convicted of killing 2 women he
met at beach bars in the Florida Panhandle.
The court also refused to throw out the death sentences of Scott
Mansfield, convicted of the grisly killing of Sara Robles in Kissimmee in
1995, and Robert Eugene Hendrix, convicted of killing his cousin Elmer
Scott, who was going to testify against him in a burglary case, and
Scott's wife Michelle in 1990 in Lake County.
Also denied a reprieve from death row was Michael Robinson, sentenced to
death for the 1994 murder of Jane Silvia in Orange County. Robinson called
himself a "menace to society" when he was 1st sentenced and said he wanted
to be executed. In his confession, Robinson told police he beat the
40-year-old woman with a claw hammer and then sliced through her chest to
quiet the gurgling that could have alerted neighbors.
(source: Associated Press)
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