Florida Death Row Inmate Found Dead in Prison

By: AP
By: AP

Tallahassee, Florida (AP) --

A Florida death row inmate who won a stay of execution earlier this year has died of apparent natural causes.

Corrections officials said David Johnston, convicted of killing
an elderly woman at her Orlando home in 1983, died early Thursday, Sept. 30 at Florida State Prison in Starke.

Johnston was 50. An autopsy has been scheduled.

The Florida Supreme Court issued a stay on March 4, five days
before his scheduled execution.

The stay was ordered so a hearing could be held on the validity
of a new IQ test that could have spared his life by showing he was
mentally retarded.

After the hearing a judge ruled he was not mentally disabled.
Johnston's appeal of that decision was pending in the Supreme Court
when he died.


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