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Florida Executes Man Convicted Of Murdering 2

By: Associated Press News Email
By: Associated Press News Email

News Release: Associated Press News
UPDATED: April 23, 2014, 6:30pm

By BRENDAN FARRINGTON

STARKE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida has executed a man convicted of murdering two relatives to prevent one of them from testifying against him in a burglary trial.

Robert Hendrix was pronounced dead at 6:21 p.m. at Florida State Prison in Starke, shortly after the lethal injection procedure began.

Prosecutors say that in August 1990, Hendrix shot, hit and stabbed his cousin, Elmer Scott, in his Lake County trailer home. They say he then cut the throat of Scott's wife, Michelle, and shot her.

Elmer Scott had planned to testify the next day at Hendrix's burglary trial. Scott had been his partner in the crime but had reached a plea deal.

The 47-year-old Hendrix was the fourth inmate executed by Florida this year and the 16th since Gov. Rick Scott took office in 2011.


News Release: Associated Press News
UPDATED: April 23, 2014, 5:30pm

STARKE, Fla. (AP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to block the execution of a Florida man convicted of killing his cousin and his cousin's wife to prevent the cousin from testifying at his burglary trial.

Robert Hendrix is scheduled to be executed at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Florida State Prison in Starke. He was convicted of the 1990 murders of Elmer and Michelle Scott at their Lake County home.

Prosecutors say the 47-year-old Hendrix killed them because Elmer Scott intended to testify against him. But Hendrix's attorney says there is no forensic evidence linking his client to the murders and that the witnesses against him were unreliable.

Hendrix would be the fourth person executed in Florida this year and the 16th since Gov. Rick Scott took office in 2011.


News Release: Associated Press News
UPDATED: April 22, 2014, 6pm

By MIKE SCHNEIDER

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida man set to be executed this week says he should be spared because prosecutors never proved he murdered his cousin and his cousin's wife.

Robert Hendrix is set to receive a lethal injection Wednesday for the 1990 murders of Elmer and Michelle Scott at their Lake County home.

Prosecutors say the 47-year-old Hendrix killed the pair because Elmer Scott was preparing to testify against him in a burglary trial. But Hendrix's attorney says there is no forensic evidence linking his client to the scene and that the witnesses against him were unreliable.

Hendrix is seeking a court stay to block the execution.


News Release: Associated Press News

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- A man convicted of killing his cousin and his cousin's wife to prevent him from testifying in a burglary case is scheduled to die April 23 at Florida State Prison in Starke.

Gov. Rick Scott signed a death warrant Wednesday for 47-year-old Robert Eugene Hendrix.

Court records show that Hendrix, and his cousin, Elmer Scott, were arrested for breaking into a house in 1990. Scott accepted a plea deal that would keep him out of prison if he testified against Hendrix, who was facing at least four years in prison.

Before the case went to court, Hendrix went to Scott's Lake County home, where he shot Scott in the head and slashed the throat of Scott's wife, Michelle.

Hendrix discussed the murders with his girlfriend and others, who testified against him at his murder trial.


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