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Florida Executes Convicted Killer Of Exotic Dancer

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Associated Press Release

STARKE, Fla. (AP) -- A former escort service owner convicted of killing two women in the 1980s has been executed in Florida for the death of one of those women, an exotic dancer.

Forty-nine-year-old Marshall Lee Gore was pronounced dead at 6:12 p.m. Tuesday following an injection at Florida State Prison, authorities said. He had spent 23 years on death row.

Gore was sentenced to die for the March 1988 killing of Robyn Novick, a 30-year-old exotic dancer whose nude body was found in Miami-Dade County. Gore also was convicted of killing another woman.

Tuesday was the fourth time Gore's planned execution was scheduled this year. Twice, courts put it on hold due to insanity claims and once because of a conflict with one of Attorney General Pam Bondi's political fundraising events.


Associated Press Release

STARKE, Fla. (AP) -- A convicted killer who has been on death row for 23 years is scheduled to die by lethal injection at Florida State Prison.

The execution of Marshall Lee Gore is scheduled for Tuesday night.

Gore was sentenced to death for the March 1988 murder of Robyn Novick, a 30-year-old exotic dancer whose nude body was found dumped in rural Miami-Dade County. Gore was also convicted of killing another woman, Susan Roark, and the attempted murder of another woman.

This is the fourth time Gore's execution has been scheduled this year. Twice, courts put the execution on hold due to insanity claims. Attorney General Pam Bondi's office asked it be rescheduled because it conflicted with her political fundraiser.

His attorneys have asked for a stay from the U.S. Supreme Court.


Associated Press Release
By GARY FINEOUT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi says it was wrong to delay the execution date of a former escort service owner because of a campaign fundraiser.

Gov. Rick Scott delayed the execution of convicted killer Marshall Lee Gore from Sept. 10 until Oct. 1 at Bondi's request.

Bondi said in a statement late Monday that Gore's execution had been delayed twice and her office should have not requested another delay.

Scott said Monday that he did not know why Bondi asked for the delay. He says it was routine to accommodate requests from other officials.

Gore was convicted in the 1988 slaying of Robyn Novick, a 30-year-old exotic dancer. In addition to Novick, Gore also was sentenced to death for the 1988 slaying of Susan Roark.


Associated Press Release

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida is delaying the execution date of a former escort service owner because of a campaign fundraiser.

Gov. Rick Scott delayed the execution of convicted killer Marshall Lee Gore from Sept. 10 until Oct. 1 at the request of Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.

Scott said Monday that he did not know why Bondi asked for the delay. He says it was routine to accommodate requests from other officials.

The Sept. 10 execution date conflicted with the date of a Bondi fundraiser. Bondi's reason for wanting the date delayed was initially reported by The News Service of Florida.

Gore was convicted in the 1988 slaying of Robyn Novick, a 30-year-old exotic dancer. In addition to Novick, Gore also was sentenced to death for the 1988 slaying of Susan Roark.


Associated Press Release

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- The Florida Supreme Court has upheld a lower court's ruling that a former escort service owner is sane enough to be executed.

In an eight-page ruling released Tuesday, the court wrote that a judge in the Eighth Circuit was correct in finding Marshall Lee Gore competent.

Gov. Rick Scott signed a death warrant for Gore on May 13. Gore had been scheduled to die in July by lethal injection. But a judge halted Gore's execution to consider whether he's mentally ill.

Gore's lawyer maintains that his client is insane.

Gore was convicted in the 1988 slaying of Robyn Novick, a 30-year-old exotic dancer. In addition to Novick, Gore also was sentenced to death for the 1988 slaying of Susan Roark.


Associated Press Release

MIAMI (AP) -- A federal appeals court has lifted the stay of execution for a former escort service owner convicted in the slayings of two Florida women.

The Miami Herald reports (http://hrld.us/19BJOw3 ) the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals lifted the stay on Thursday for 49-year-old Marshall Lee Gore. His execution was scheduled for Monday, but the court issued the stay hours before he was to receive a lethal injection.

A new date for the execution has not yet been set.

Gore's attorneys argue that he's mentally ill. One previous lawyer claimed Gore was "mentally deranged" and not responsible for his actions. But several judges concluded he was using a claim of mental illness to manipulate the judicial process.

A panel of doctors concluded that Gore was mentally competent to be executed.


Associated Press Release

A former escort service owner convicted in the slayings of two Florida women has been granted a temporary stay of execution.

Marshall Lee Gore was scheduled to die by lethal injection at the Florida State Prison Monday at 6 p.m.

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals approved a motion filed by Gore's attorney less than two hours before the procedure was expected to begin.


Associated Press Release

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Gov. Rick Scott has signed a death warrant for a man convicted of killing two women and leaving a third woman for dead.

The governor's office reported Monday that 49-year-old Marshall Lee Gore is scheduled to die by lethal injection at Florida State Prison near Raiford at 6 p.m. on June 24.

Gore killed Susan Roark and Robyn Novick and attempted to kill Tina Coralis in early 1988. Roark's body was found in Columbia County, and Novick's body was discovered in a rural part of Miami-Dade County. Two days after killing Novick, Gore attacked Coralis.

former escort service owner convicted in the slayings of two Florida women has been granted a temporary stay of execution. After beating, raping and stabbing her, Gore left Coralis her for dead on the side of the road near the scene where Novick's body was found earlier.

The death warrant refers only to the death sentence connected with the murder of Novick.


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