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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  • by ETurnage Location: Tallahassee on Oct 9, 2010 at 07:34 PM
    My child knew the difference between right and wrong at the age of five. She also understood that for a wrong act that there would be consequences. If this guy had the sense to break into a residence and murder someone, he certainly had the sense to know it was wrong. It's a pity that he missed those last few minutes of anguish that they surely feel as they are strapped down nd hooked up...
  • by GV Location: Ga on Oct 1, 2010 at 05:46 AM
    unkown,I couldn't care less what people say about me now,I sure as heck don't care what they say when I'm dead.
  • by bob Location: tlh on Oct 1, 2010 at 05:19 AM
    bring on the electra dome
  • by len on Sep 30, 2010 at 02:10 PM
    GOOD ,now we will not have to feed this sorry ,lazy person any longer
  • by good riddance on Sep 30, 2010 at 11:30 AM
    He did us a favor.
  • by ALice Location: crawfordville on Sep 30, 2010 at 11:12 AM
    he's been in JAIL since 1983? it's about time since my monies are running out for this free loaders. You did the crime you do the time,including the "chair" and NOT 20 yrs later.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 30, 2010 at 10:58 AM
    JUSWONDERIN: "Terminate people who do not know right from wrong"??? Okay, when someone does something wrong such as harm someone or something so awful as to kill somone, they need to be punished. However for you to be so stupid as to say that all people need to be terminated if they do not know right from wrong, KARMA is not going to be your friend! I have a sister who is mentally retarted and I do not think she should be terminated because she is not an ordinary everyday idiot like you! I think stupid people like you should be terminated!
  • by me Location: Crawfordville on Sep 30, 2010 at 10:48 AM
    Karma .... It is the best medicine :)
  • by Anonymous on Sep 30, 2010 at 09:55 AM
    Convicted in 1983,Why in the h*** was he still alive? He should have been put to death the day after conviction.
  • by juswonderin Location: everywhere on Sep 30, 2010 at 09:46 AM
    GOOD !!! all the more reason to terminate people who do not know right from wrong
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