Judge Denies Appeal of Condemned Inmate

By: Associated Press; David Royse, The News Service of Florida
By: Associated Press; David Royse, The News Service of Florida

Judge Denies Appeal of Condemned Inmate

Clearwater, FL -- January 20, 2012 --

A judge has denied a late appeal from a Florida inmate scheduled to be executed next month.

The ruling came Friday in the case of 65-year-old Robert Waterhouse. He was sent to death row for the rape and murder of a 29-year-old woman in St. Petersburg in January 1980.

At the center of his appeal was a new witness who said he saw Waterhouse leaving a bar with two men, not the victim, on the night she was killed. Senior Circuit Judge Robert Beach rejected it after hearing testimony last week.

Waterhouse is scheduled to be executed Feb. 15. Gov. Rick Scott signed the death warrant earlier this month.

Florida Killer Scheduled to be Executed Feb. 15


David Royse, The News Service of Florida

Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday signed a death warrant for a man convicted of murdering a woman in St. Petersburg three decades ago.

Robert Brian Waterhouse is scheduled to die by lethal injection at 6 p.m., Feb. 15 under the order issued by Scott, the third death warrant he has signed since becoming governor just under a year ago. Scott set the week for the execution, and Florida State Prison Warden Steven Singer set the exact day.

Waterhouse, 65, was convicted in the Jan. 2, 1980 murder of Deborah Kammerer. He had been set for execution under a death warrant signed by Gov. Bob Graham in 1985 but a stay was issued four days before he was to be executed.

The lengthy time between Kammerer's murder and a new warrant for Waterhouse's death was due in part to an order that he be re-sentenced in 1988 to take into account mitigating evidence ignored in the sentencing phase of his first trial. But Waterhouse was again sentenced to death in 1990, which started the mandatory appeal process over again.

Waterhouse at the time of the murder was on lifetime parole from an earlier life sentence for the killing of 77-year-old Ella Carter in New York.

Kammerer's body was found in the mud flats of Tampa Bay. She had drowned, but before that took 22 blows to the head, been choked and raped.

Waterhouse had denied he committed the murder.


Tallahassee, FL (AP) - A Florida killer convicted of murdering a woman and throwing her body into Tampa Bay more than 30 years ago is scheduled to be executed on Feb. 15.

Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday signed a death warrant for Robert Waterhouse.

Waterhouse was found guilty of killing Deborah Kammerer whose nude body was found washed up on a beach. She had been raped and beaten and drowned in the morning tide. The pair had been seen leaving a St. Petersburg bar on the night of Jan. 2, 1980.

Waterhouse, who is now 65, was nearly executed back in 1985 but his execution was eventually held up by judges.

This is the third death warrant that Scott has signed since becoming governor in January 2011.

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  • by ConservativeHippie on Jan 22, 2012 at 03:00 AM
    The death penalty is nothing more that state sanctioned murder. We need to do away with this archaic, barbaric and very expensive system.
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      by To Hippie on Jan 22, 2012 at 06:19 PM in reply to ConservativeHippie
      Would be less expensive if they'd get it over with sooner.
  • by Kevin aka Reality Location: Monticello on Jan 21, 2012 at 07:53 AM
    Three Decades ... Endless appeal. 1 Month after Trial , a Fair trial where NO relevant evidence should be sided out or suppressed ( As it usually is by one side or the other) Execution for the guilty should be swift. Pre meditated murder ..should carry a sentence of stood against a wall and shot. Self defense , or being antagonized to the point of killing should not.
  • by DTH Location: Tallahassee on Jan 21, 2012 at 06:23 AM
    30 YEARS?..........He has been on Death Row for 30 YEARS? Hear is an idea.......instead of CLOSING Prisons to save Money, how about SPEEDING UP THE APEAL SYSTEM? Do you know how much it costs a YEAR to keep someone on Death Row?
  • by Mark Location: Tampa on Jan 5, 2012 at 05:00 PM
    Not to be a spoilsport, but most of the costs for the Death Penalty are up front in the initial trial and sentencing phases. Life without the possibility of parole is 5 times cheaper than a death sentence. Florida taxpayers spend over $50 million a year extra to have a Death Penalty government program. That is OVER AND ABOVE LOCKING THOSE SAME PRISONERS UP PERMANENTLY. Plus if they can prove they are innocent, then they can be released. Please keep in mind that Florida has exonerated at least 23 prisoners off of our Death Row. How many more innocent people are there on Death Row? The average time a prisoner spent on Death Row before being cleared of the crime is over 8 years. If we speed up executions, we are guaranteeing that innocent people will be executed. Is it worth it? We have over 12,000 unsolved homicides in Florida. How about using some of that $51 million a year to bring more killers to justice? Doesn't that make more sense?
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      by Connie on Jan 9, 2012 at 04:09 PM in reply to Mark
      Personally, I believe yha if they are considered responsible for a murder, at some point in their life they did something to cause that. So, yes, it's worth it. Unfortunately, the VICTIMS of the murderers seem to get lost in the equation. We need to worry MORE about the victims and the positive lives THEY could have lived.
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      by anonymous on Jan 22, 2012 at 06:22 PM in reply to Mark
      Decades ago, that argument held water. Now, forensic science is far more advanced.
  • by Jim Location: Tallahassee on Jan 5, 2012 at 04:31 PM
    Way to go, Rick! You're working on fixing Florida's problems, and you aren't scared to take action on stuff! On TOP of that, you're signing off on getting rid of the vermin we have been forced to take care of all of these years! I don't CARE if the displaced lard bricks whine about you (and I know you don't, either)....keep up the good work!
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      by Kevin aka Reality on Jan 21, 2012 at 07:50 AM in reply to Jim
      Yeehaw !! Im A rich Right Repub Yocal . (see above)
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      by Jake on Jan 21, 2012 at 07:54 PM in reply to Jim
      Sign all the warrants and get the appeals going.
  • by tbob Location: fla resident on Jan 5, 2012 at 01:37 PM
    finally a cost saving measure for the department of corrections that no one will bitc@ about. go for the other 300 if you need a pen i will give one to you gov.
  • by L on Jan 5, 2012 at 12:45 PM
    What a waste to wait thirty years! Let's do it NOW! Good job, Scott.
  • by dilligas Location: havana on Jan 5, 2012 at 12:25 PM
    Why wait. TODAY is a good day. I'm sure someone will volunteer to do the act. Just slaughtered a hog I raised. Neither of us felt a thing.
  • by Steve Location: Florida native/resident on Jan 5, 2012 at 10:45 AM
    Thirty years folks! Three hot's and a cot, provided by taxpayers for thirty years. Why was this hoodrat a condemned man on death row for thirty years assigned a number and an institution with 'corrections' in the name of it? A correction is an act that takes place immediately to correct a mistake. Corrections don't happen, over thirty years! That's called evolution, and it don't happen with murderers. Thanx.
  • by james Location: ga. on Jan 5, 2012 at 06:59 AM
    A waste of taxpayers money.Execution should come within a week of conviction.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 5, 2012 at 07:52 AM in reply to james
      Why wait a week. It should be immediately after the sentencing.
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        by Terri on Jan 5, 2012 at 10:04 AM in reply to
        Are you really that ignorant? First of all I am pro law enforcement but lets be realistic there are copys and district attorney's out that only want to solve cases and are not necessarily concerned with the true guilty parties. This is obvious by the number of innocent people that have been released from death row due to their negligence.
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          by Anonymous on Jan 5, 2012 at 01:43 PM in reply to Terri
          There are also jurors that have a responsibility to make sure that they know their role in convicting someone, and keeping the DA's and prosecutors honest. Yes there will be some that get by, but can you honestly say that we haven't put any innocent people to death already? Our system has built-in checks already and we should not have to add automatic appeals(and years of upkeep) because of the chance that we may put to death an innocent person. Just because there are incompetent lawyers does not mean that the system is bad. The system works despite the incompetence of lawyers, judges, cops, jurors, and witnesses. Just because someone is released from death row, it doesn't mean that they are innocent. There are many reasons people are set free. There are those that are wrongly convicted, but the system favors the guilty and many more guilty people have been set free than innocent people have been convicted.
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      by DTH on Jan 21, 2012 at 06:27 AM in reply to james
      First off, this is America. There are a few People on Death Row that should not be there due to False testimony, Bad Police Work, etc...... I say no longer then 5 Years.
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